In this world of Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Black People Meet, TrumpSingles, and good ol'-fashioned Facebook, dating is a digital maze. Simple things that used to work -- flowers, actual dates, and chivalry -- are dying trends. That doesn't mean the dating game is a complete failure, mind you -- you just have to get a new battle strategy.
An increasingly popular digital come-on is the use of direct messages (DMs), usually on Twitter and Instagram. And there's a great chance of success -- so long as you execute this strategy properly.
I'm almost three years into a successful relationship with a man who initially approached me with DMs… so I can attest to their effectiveness. But my boyfriend did it being cute and sweet -- not by coming on too strong or acting weird and creepy. Here are some essential do's and don'ts so you actually have a shot with that Instagram hottie whose pictures you've been stalking for weeks (but act like you haven't, it’s fine).