Technology Etiquette for Dating: 5 Rules

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It’s easy:  just remember the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would like them to do unto you.  When you are dating and getting to know someone better, these simple rules will be helpful.  Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.  And technology is no substitute for human companionship.  Cherish each other and respect each other’s time.

  1. Do not use your cell phone when driving.  Pull over to make or receive calls or messages.
  2. Call or text as soon as you find out you are running late and make sure it includes an apology and the approximate time you will arrive.
  3. When you are out on a date with someone special, don’t use your cell phone to play games, engage in social media activities, or check email.
  4. Don’t answer your cell phone when you are out on a date with someone special (unless it is your babysitter or child calling-then, be brief and explain the interruption).
  5. If you use your camera phone to take pictures, make sure you include the person that you are with in the pictures.


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Truthfulness is being honest in your words and actions.  You don’t tell lies, even to defend yourself.  You don’t listen to gossip or prejudice.  See the truth for yourself.  You don’t try to be more than you are to impress others.  Be yourself, your true self.

You are practicing truthfulness when you…
*  Don’t let others tell you what to think
*  Investigate the truth for yourself
*  Can tell the difference between fact and fantasy
*  Admit when you have made a mistake
*  Don’t exaggerate or deceive to impress othersAffirmation: I am truthful. I speak the truth. I see the truth with my own eyes.  I am content to be my true self.

Source:  The Virtues Project and The Family Connection, U.S. Virgin Islands