5. Gettin’ sextie with it. There’s no more obvious way to take your virtual relationship to the next level than with a good, ol’ sext. But beware: this one comes with some fine print. If your match sexts you too early on in the relationship, you could be headed for a casual fling versus a long-lasting love.
6. Digital pining. When your eChatter becomes mushy, you’ve officially transitioned to a new level in your virtual relationship. After all, virtual heartstrings can enhance your in-person connection. So if your match sends a “miss u” or “cant wait to c u” message, go ahead — glow a little!
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Laurie Davis is the author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating and founder of eFlirt Expert. She helps singles navigate flirting and relationships via technology by writing their online dating profiles, decoding their dates’ text messages, and helping them transition to meaningful, offline relationships. Connect with her on Twitter @eFlirtExpert.