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Whether you're new to internet dating, or an old pro, I'm here to help. And by the way, if you're "an old pro", you're clearly doing something wrong. As I continue my research of the world of online dating, I often peruse the many dating websites available. I read profiles, note the interesting posts and sometimes contact the person. What gets my goat is seeing the same people, with the same ads, and the same photos - clearly doing the same old thing with their lives. I am talking 2 or 3 years later, not 2 or 3 weeks. Let's face facts, we won't all meet our soul mates in a week's time, but if you're doing the same thing you were years ago, and you're still single or unhappily attached, then you need my help. I'm here to help, so ask away!

FROM A FEMALE:  Help me Dr. Gooddate! I can't take this anymore! In my personals ad, I am very clear on what I want. I specify the age range I am interested in and the type of man I am trying to meet. I am in my early 40's and I do not want to hear from BOYS. I make it plain and obvious that I am interested in men between the ages of 37 and 49. No matter what I say in my ad, more than half the replies I receive are from men under the age of 30. What should I do? - Mary, Spokane, WA

Dr. Gooddate:  Hello Mary. What you are experiencing in the world of internet dating is not at all unusual. You will find that while females are usually very sure about who they want to meet, men don't often think with the right head and will often take what they can get. I am willing to bet that nearly all of these replies include something to the tune of: "I really like older women and I am very mature for my age". Blah blah blah. It's nonsense! Younger men who ignore your ad requests and write to you when they don't meet your criteria tells me two things: (1) They are disrespectful and don't care what you desire. They are selfishly putting only their desires above yours, and (2) They probably aren't even reading your entire ad and are more than likely sending the same response to every woman they come across on the singles website you are using. If you are using a free service such as Craig's List, there is simply no avoiding this. If you are on a reputable, pay site for dating, try to bold or capitalize atop your ad what you do not want. For example: BEFORE YOU READ THIS: I AM SORRY, BUT PLEASE REPLY ONLY IF YOU ARE AGE 37 OR OLDER. The bold and/or upper case will stand out and make your desires clear. By saying "I am sorry" up front, you are making it clear that you are not snobby, bitchy nor trying to be disrespectful - you simply know who you want to hear from. This should stop many of those who don't bother to read your full ad from replying. Sure you will still get the creeps who ignore your request, but that's the nature of the beast. If all else fails, consider a site such as eHarmony, where your criteria must be met and matched before contact is made or one of the many other singles sites that screen their members. I am in no way affiliated with any of the dating websites, nor do I endorse any of them. So when I mention eHarmony, it is my personal suggestion only. Give it a try and let me know how you do!

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FROM A FEMALE:  Hi Dr. Gooddate. I have met a number of quality men online over the past two years. Obviously, I have not met the right man for me yet. While many of my first dates have gone well, I always come across a man who I have no interest in but still tries to "attack" me at the end of the night. I know I am not giving off any vibes that say "kiss me"! As a matter of fact, I will not kiss a man on the first date EVER. Am I doing something wrong? -Jen, Florida

Dr. Gooddate:  Poor Jen! I'm sorry to hear about the problem you are having with what I call the "Social Skills Moron". Not all people are capable of picking up on body language, physical gestures and verbal queues. This seems to be prevalent among male dates more so than females. Many men are inexperienced daters and inexperienced in life itself, not to mention typically more immature compared to their female counterparts. I have heard your story over and over. I have even heard of a man "making his move" at the end of a date in which the woman already said she was not interested in a second date! My advice to you is twofold. I would state in your online ad that you do not kiss nor engage in any intimate activity on the first date or even the second or third dates (that's up to you). Then gauge the amount of respect you receive from each man who replies. Don't fall victim to the man who says "Oh I really respect you for not kissing on the first date. I would never kiss on the first date either". As I always say: NONSENSE! Sure there are exceptions, and sure this may be true - but be VERY AWARE of the man who plays to your desires simply to get on your good side. This happens all the time. He'll say whatever you need to hear and the real manipulators do it very well. If you do feel that the man is sincere in his response, just make it very clear that you'd like to pursue communication online (possibly email or chat) until you feel comfortable enough to go to the phone. Then, once you do take it to the telephone for more personal, real-time conversing, make it abundantly clear that you would like to get to know him better before venturing out on a date. This could take a day, a week or more. That is solely up to you. If he is the right man, he will be fine with this. If he respects your wishes, and continues to be courteous throughout your communication, then this could very well be someone you should meet. #1 for me is respect. If you've gotten this far, then he's given you that respect and this is the first piece of the puzzle. Be sure to reinforce the fact that you do not and will not kiss on the first date when you chat with him. The real test will be to see if he adheres to your rule when you meet him. If he does not, then rule him out immediately because if your clearly stated wishes cannot be respected so early out of the gate, then the lack of respect will only get worse. If he does respect your wishes, then you are off to a great start!

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FROM A MALE:  I have a dear friend that I feel is making a HUGE mistake and I want to know maybe I'm the crazy one. I have a female friend that is 27 and is desperately searching for love. She found a guy a few months back on a free dating site. The picture of the guy was of a good looking man in his late 30s. He said he lived in a killer house owned his own business and was 37 yrs old. After talking to him every day for a couple of months my friend thought that she found Mr. Right and was falling in love with him. They decided that she was going to leave her job and state that she lives in to move to be with him. Turns out that Mr. Right came clean and lied about his age which was 43, lied about his job, lives in a small condo and that the pic that he posted was not him. He told her that the reason he lied about everything was because someone had stolen his identity and he was afraid to post any real info BUT he truly fell in love with her. Well my friend has decided to overlook the lies and continue to move in with this guy. He still has not sent her a pic of himself because he is "too busy". I told her that she should demand that he come to her city just to visit to get to know her then if things go ok move forward. Am I the crazy one here because the way I look at it this guy has given every red flag there is for internet dating??? I'm just trying to look out for a dear friend and I'm concerned for her well being. Any thoughts??? -Bryan, Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Gooddate:  Bryan, I admire your concern for your friend and you very well should be concerned. Your friend is making a big mistake and falling into one trap after another. "Red Flag" is an understatement here. These flags are literally hemorrhaging red.

I have tons to say about this particular question. I ask that you check back in mid-August for your reply, as I will be posting it then. I am receiving many requests for dating advice, so I thank you for your patience.

Complete response to follow soon...

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