Let's face it -- you often find yourself fumbling your way through online dating.
And if you're feeling lost when you log in to your dating site du jour, your e Romeo probably has some questions of his own.
The process of taking things to the next level -- getting a guy you meet online to ask you to hang out offline -- isn't always as smooth as Rico Suave. Take it from a gal who knows (and works in an office that's 60 % male) -- the opposite sex is just as clueless as we are when it comes to finding digital love.
So, step away from the keyboard a minute and consider that men don't always know how to ask you out in the worldwide web.
When you meet in person, the guys' etiquette for courting is obvious: develop some chemistry, get your number...
and try desperately not to slosh any of his drink on your skirt.
And if he doesn't ask for your digits, you can, well, hint a little.
Whether it's conscious or not, most of us have done it, leaning into him, playing it coy to encourage him to make a move.
But when you make dating digital, flirtatious body language and the rest of our feminine, chemistry-inducing wiles are ctrl + alt + deleted.
So while of course you want your match of the moment to virtually sweep you off your feet, the truth is that you need to shift his game until you get face-to-face...
or until online dating becomes as natural as kissing your date goodnight.
That means adapting some of your best flirty practices to the web so you can move things offline.
If he hasn't asked you out after six emails (three each way), follow my rules for hinting that it's time to take your relationship from the cloud to IRL.1. It's cool that you bonded over your favorite museums from your respective profiles.
But to meet in person, you need to remind him that you're here and now, not merely an online pen pal.