I guess I would have thought once you hit 50, committing a felony wouldn't be on anyone's bucket list, but I've met several women who have dated recently-convicted felons, and I have dated two, one of whom was wearing her court-ordered ankle bracelet on our date.) But back to the hurt feelings.
A couple of years ago, when I was dealing with a fair amount of family "stuff," I had to postpone a scheduled first date sort of at the last minute. Don't ever contact me again." Well, thanks for the warning.
As I said above, silence was my preferred method of rejection.
Then they get one, two hostile, even hateful, emails from the guy, as though they had broken up after years together.
Having experienced both forms of rejection more times than I can remember when I was dating online, I can say that the second is far preferable. A very small number of people believe they have to play games to get dates and may wait for a week to respond but they are the exception, not the rule.
Many people remain a little too hopeful and look for excuses as to why someone might not reply to their contact. And an absence of a response means that there isn’t enough interest to encourage the response. Reverse the situation and imagine someone you were interested in contacted you. The rule is that when one person is interested in another, they’ll respond in a timely fashion.
Actually, silence is a pretty bad sign regardless of whether you’re using an online dating site or a more traditional method.
The standard dilemma with online dating is the question: is it better to email someone back and reject them forcefully or just remain silent and allow them to forget about it.