Online Dating: How To Politely Turn Someone Down

When dating online, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to know how to politely turn someone down.  Politely turning someone down can help you achieve your goal of meeting the right person without wasting your time or hurting someone's feelings in the process.  Follow the following steps to learn how to politely turn someone down at any time during the online dating process.

  1. Say something and stick to the truth.  Do politely turn someone down rather than leaving her wondering why she doesn't hear from you again.  Do be honest and tell your online date that you enjoyed chatting with or meeting her, but that you aren't interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with her any further.

  2. Don't say too much. While it might be tempting to offer constructive criticism, don't try to illuminate the other person's flaws for her.   Simply tell her that she isn't right for you and you don't feel that the two of you are a match.  After all, the very qualities that turned you off might make her a perfect match for someone else.  Don't make excuses or feel pressured to explain your decision. You can let her down gently by telling her something you do like about her, but reiterate that you just aren't the right person for her.</p>
  3. Stay firm. If your online date continues to have more of an interest in you than you have for her, presses you to reconsider, or asks for details regarding your having politely turned her down, simply repeat that you don't feel that the two of you are the right match and avoid hurt feelings by keeping your communication to a minimum.</p> </li> </ol> 

Sometimes it's necessary to say no.  When it comes to online dating, this can mean politely turning someone down.  Do what you need to do, do it the right way, and move on.

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