by Scott Alden for HowAboutWe
One of the tough things about online dating is also one of the nicest: You can't possibly go out with everyone on the site who shows interest. You'll notice that people have viewed your profile. You'll receive notifications that people are "intrigued." People will send you messages and ask you out. You can't be expected to reciprocate all of this attention.
Give yourself a break and remember that, because the stakes are much lower online, people don't necessarily expect a response from everyone they approach. It's good to give people a chance, of course, but if you know you're not interested from the get-go, there's no need to say anything at all.
If you're concerned that you're hurting people's feeling by not responding to their heart-felt, sincere missives, consider this: no response at all is often better than outright rejection.Read More »from Online Dating 101: You Don't Have To Respond To Everyone