In terms of on-line dating, you still need to use the 3-date-rule as described in my book. Did you read my book, Dating Game Secrets for Marrying a Good Man?
The problem is that you have to keep a closer eye on the empathy, self-control, and personal responsibility traits for much longer because you don’t have face to face contact and more frequent interaction to help you see the truth. It’s important that you play your role and encourage the relationship while also keeping your eyes wide open.
Make sure that he is pursuing you by initiating more of the first e-mails for the first few weeks and most of the phone calls as well so that you can see he is really investing. This also prevents him from feeling like you are now hunting him (by calling him more often than he calls you). Remember men are driven to succeed, face challenges, compete, and conquer. You don’t want to make him feel like the hunter has become the hunted. Furthermore, if he isn’t calling you more often than you call him, he isn’t really interested or he will quickly become bored.
If he isn’t willing to come see you or at least pay for a lot of your expenses to come see him, I would say that you are wasting your time. Be sure to express your feelings and needs and say no sometimes as well as not always being immediately available or you won’t really discover if he has empathy. And I would expect that traveling to meet each other and spend time together would be a must or again you are wasting your time.
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