'According To Him + Her': In Dating When Should You Delete Your Online Dating Account?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/20/2014 | 03:30 PM EDT

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Online dating sites are certainly the trend in finding Mister or Miss Right. Over last few years, more and more hopeless romantics have sought out one of the many dating destinations to take a stab at finding online love. Some are even successful.


Let's say hypothetically you do meet someone you're compatible with on an online dating site; you go a few dates and everything is going according to your liking. At what point do delete your online account?


That question will be explored on the upcoming episode of "According To Him + Her,” in which Rule 285 says, “After you’ve had three dates with someone from a dating site, you must deactivate your account.”


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While you're free to delete your profile whenever you feel the site is no longer useful, you should be weary, or at least more mindful, when removing your profile based on someone you met online. Even if he or she seems to be "the one," you may want to give it a little more time than three dates before you unplug yourself from the online dating market.


Taking yourself off the market, whether online or in real life, is a crucial decision. By doing so, you're declaring that (1) you're no longer are in need of it, and (2) you're satisfied enough with your current dating situation.


Before making such a decision, you should give it a lot of thought. How long have you been dating the person you met online? How well do you know them? It would be a shame to delete your account only for it to not work, leading you to create yet another account. Frankly, it’s a waste of time. Just because you had a few good dates, it doesn't mean you should be so quick to declare it a win. Wait it out. Keep your options open. Who's to say someone better, more compatible won't find an interest and reach out?


Even if you don't have intentions on looking for someone else to date, keeping your account active gives you a better advantage.


Of course, leaving your profile open could prove to be an awkward situation should the person you're dating happen to find out that you're still on the very same site you met them on. But until you guys make it official, why not keep your net casted wide?


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The same rules that apply to dating in the real world apply in online dating. Keep yourself available for all the possibilities until you're really sure you're ready to leave everything at the front door. The human heart is fickle, and the one you may like or even love one day may soon be the one you want nothing to do with the next.


Freely date, but don’t put yourself in a box.


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