Online dating etiquette first meeting chart
So, instead of judging each question’s first-date appropriateness subjectively, I turned to statistics.
I decided our candidates were the ones that (a) most people were comfortable discussing publicly, and (b) were mathematically likely to tell you something you couldn’t just guess.
Before we could go looking for correlations to deeper stuff, our first task was to decide which questions were even first-date appropriate.
I know each person has his own opinion on what’s okay to talk about with a stranger.
surveyed 3,000 participants on what they found acceptable and polite in regard to dating in the digital age.
Many hundreds of people a day go through the trouble of doing this, so we’ve compiled an excellent dataset of real-world couples.
Facebook profiles hold juicy information — from a love interest’s favorite band to photos of a romantic outing with an ex.
While some people use Facebook as a background check before the first date, others prefer to connect after they’ve gotten to know the person IRL — and there is no conclusive etiquette on when to send the friend request.
Checking your phone on a first date is nearly universally unacceptable, while those in the younger age sets believe Facebook friending is entirely appropriate.
Finally, married folks seem most wary of digital intimacy — tell us why in the comments.
When you’re on that first-ever first date, you have all kinds of questions: Should I hold her hand? That is, until digital communication complicates it even further.