Love, Dating, & Relationships,  Public Service Announcement

Public Service Announcement: Salutations and Online Dating

Some men have either forgotten their manners or were never taught any. Addressing a woman you don’t know by anything other than “Miss”, “Ms.”, or “Ma’am” will get you verbally throat chopped.

Recently, someone left me a message on a dating site I’m subscribed to. Imagine my disgust when I read the following:

“Hey boo.”

My initial reaction was to go off on this moron. Once I calmed down, I realized that this guy has used this line on other women before and at least one of them thought it was cute. Gross.

If bad behaviors are acceptable by the majority, why correct them? While my fault likes in the man who sent me that mess, I also blame women for not correcting these dudes when they step out of line. If you think being called “boo” by a stranger is acceptable, what else will you accept?

Apparently a whole lot.


  • Samantha

    When I used online dating services, I used OK Cupid…which is a pretty casual, young site overall. I don’t think I was once called “Ms” anything. But you can still distinguish between the respectful and the not…I got a number of “hey boo” letters myself. That and “Hey ur cute lets have sex.”

    Not kidding.

    • MsWalton

      Thank you for your comment Samantha!! I don’t remember if I ever used OK Cupid. I will never understand why people feel that it’s okay for you to address a stranger you’re interested in with “Hey Boo” and “Hey ur cute let’s have sex”. Gross.

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