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Online dating: At least he didn't pay for dinner

May 2, 2008 |  1:44 pm

He's the (Single) GeekHiker, he's an expert on the trails, but is apparently a little lost when it comes to searching for romance on the Internet. After posting his profile on a dating site, he got a rush when a woman e-mailed him a question. He replied. She responded. He replied again. She responded again. After his third e-mail, however, Geek Hiker waited. And continues to wait.

This would have been considered rude behavior in person, The Hiker say, but might be typical online. But then again, he wonders what the rule might be.

"Maybe there’s an unwritten rule out there that says 'thou shalt offer to meet for coffee upon dispatching thine third e-mail to the party interested in thee', or something like that.... It seems for all the unwritten "rules" out there that might apply, there are none regarding common courtesy ... ah, well, live & learn."

So, should Geek Hiker have sent a fourth e-mail or just taken a hike instead?

-- Jesus Sanchez

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