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Ten rules of internet dating play

Women are easily scared away online, so you should avoid saying anything remotely controversial or predatory.

Thirty-one percent of men and women met their last date online (as opposed to six percent in a bar), 34 percent of daters in their 20s expect a response to a text in under 10 minutes (!

), and far more emoji users went on a first date last year than those who never dropped a winky face on the object of their textual affection (52 percent versus 27 percent).

All this begs the question: how do we most effectively date in the digital world?

Fortunately, we rounded up some dating experts to spill on how to become the most tech-savvy dater you can be.

Still, navigating the world of online dating can definitely be tricky—what kind of message is clever, but not creepy?

(But don't forget these 6 Online Dating Dos and Don'ts for Internet Safety.), suggests avoiding a back-and-forth until you have an actual date on the books.“It's way too easy to get carried away, have sexually-driven texts, and kill the relationship before you have the opportunity to ever meet,” she says.

Instead, channel your energy into meeting someone else. A general rule: once you’ve sent four messages back and forth, someone should ask someone out — preferably the man. The scenario: “I was really into someone I went on a few dates with, until he told me he was taking down his online dating profile and he wanted me to do the same.” — Jess, 34The problem..the solution: Nothing will scare a girl faster than putting that kind of pressure on her too early into the relationship.Stick to neutral subjects — like mentioning a common ground you share based on something you read in her profile.The scenario: “It’s so annoying and a major turn-off whenever a guy has something in his profile like ‘still not sure about online dating but...’” — Randi, 25The problem..the solution: We get it.My buddy thinks you’re real and now we have a $20 bet going. ” — Kristin, 26The problem..the solution: Aside from the fact that this is a pathetic pickup line, it’s certainly never going to work. The scenario: “I went on a few dates with a guy I met online, and I eventually decided we weren’t compatible, so I was honest with him.A lot of women are looking for something serious and have no interest in participating in your immature wager with friends. He refused to accept it and continued to message me listing all the reasons why we’d be great together.” — Ashley, 30The problem..the solution: No matter how strongly you feel about your potential with a woman you meet online, accept the break-up gracefully.’” — Kristen, 27The problem..the solution: Aside from the obvious inappropriate nature of the comment to a complete stranger, men should never mention their physical characteristics or their own body parts in an introductory message.