Dating rejection lines

While his/her ego may be bruised initially, trust me in the long run s/he will appreciate and respect you for it, because you didn’t leave him/her hanging.” — Suzanne Oshima, Matchmaker & Dating Coach at Dream Bachelor & Bachelorette.“There is no “good” way, because you can’t control how another person will feel.So either say nothing (you don’t even know this person – you are not obligated to respond), or simply say, ‘I don’t think we’re a match, but thanks for the email.’ I think it’s important to note, though, that rejection can be a good thing!

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Or do you stutter and get flustered and invent a faux boyfriend or a lame excuse?

When I lived in New York, men used to occasionally approach me on the street (with really weird pickup lines), and I would get so nervous and confused that I would sometimes forget that I actually HAD a boyfriend and could quite honestly reject them with that simple phrase.

Not a wonderful thing to do, but not a crime either. I won't, especially now that I have an idea how she would react if I did something really wrong. They cordially correspond with a guy, maybe chat on the phone, and decide - as they have every right to - that they don't want to pursue things.

Then they get one, two hostile, even hateful, emails from the guy, as though they had broken up after years together.

Online dating over 50 is a petri dish for weird behaviors, a lot of it kind of fascinating.

But one of the weirdest behaviors is the phenomenon of people getting their feelings hurt by, and reacting angrily to, people they haven't even met.

THIS MONTH: “Is there a good way to say ‘Thanks, but I’m not interested’ to someone that messaged you? ” Check out how the dating experts responded after the jump.

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