On the other hand, be prepared to spend hours and hours learning how to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Here’s a crash course on the dos and don'ts of cyberdating.

DO move the conversation along from email to cell phone.

In the flesh, he could have passed for Dracula, with a mouthful of rotted, brown, pointy fangs. Remember, real men lose their hair and grow love handles, yet if you met them in person, you just might find them charming.

Besides, if you’re anything like us, you probably don’t look that much like Angelina.

Unless you work in a totally male milieu—for instance, a urologists’s office, NASCAR race track, or beef ‘n’ ale house—your quest to meet a man will take you to the Internet.

The good news is that you’ll find thousands and thousands of guys online, all trolling for dates.

Your suitor should always pay or offer to pay, and if you decide that you wanted to pay for that night, you may. He’s two inches shorter than you, needs a manicure, and played “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with his dinner utensils. Under all the mess, you may find out he’s a nice guy who missed his manicure appointment and the short gene skips a generation in his family. Especially, when you guys get to the commitment talk, he might want to throw around that he’s not ready for a relationship, although you could have sworn on the second date he was ‘looking’. As women we love to plan things ( I know I do), and sometimes we tend to take the leadership role in the relationship.

By no means, am I condoning selfishness, but in these modern times, there aren’t many gender roles lingering around. Seriously, there aren’t as many options as we’d like to hope, so why eliminate the ones who could become an option. You plan the date from A to Z, and the man just needs to show up ( and probably, in the outfit you .) Doing this time after time will either have him relinquish his “power” or be silently frustrated with you.In a phone chat, you’ll get a better sense of whether your personalities click. Note: it’s a bad sign if, during his monologue about his golf swing, you’re checking your watch and praying that you lose your signal.DON’T disclose where you live or for that matter, any personal information that could lead to your address, such as your home phone number, last name, or an email address that includes your last name.DO post a recent photo, and write an honest description of yourself.One of our guy friends salivated over a picture of a gorgeous, blonde, bikini-clad model.When you know more about him, he can pick you up and drop you off at home, but don’t invite him in just yet—even if he pleads that he urgently has to use your bathroom.