You should take account of the balance of flirtation versus substantive conversations that you have with this guy that you met through online dating.
If all he does for the most part is flirt with you when he interacts with you, he may be just another flirt.
This is especially true if you notice that whenever you try to get into deeper conversations with him, he either ignores the question or barely answers it.
Doing this would indicate that he only cares about flirting and he doesn’t want to give you the opportunity to get to know him on a deeper level.
Hence, if this is a guy who never or rarely asks you deeper questions about yourself nor does he tend to give you a detailed answer when you have tried asking him deeper questions about himself, he is most likely just another flirt.
Again, focus on how often this guy that you met through online dating flirts compared to how often he gets into substantive conversations with you where he is both asking and answering substantive questions.
When a guy truly likes you, you will also notice that he will often try to find ways to relate to you through what you both share in common.
You may be talking about an experience that you had and he starts relating to what you have just told him.
He may give you a detailed account about an experience that he has had that was similar to yours.
If it is an interest that he has discovered that he shares with you, he may tell you about when he first got into it and how often he does it.
In essence, when a guy does like you, he will often find ways to relate to you in conversation.
This would simply happen naturally as the both of you talk.
He would just instantly feel this sense of connection when you start talking to him about something that he has also experienced and would feel a strong desire to share that fact with you in detail.
When a guy does this very often whenever you are both having conversation, he is showing that he is feeling a personal connection with you and is really enjoying the fact that the both of you have these shared interests and experiences.
A guy is just another flirt when he mainly flirts with you and rarely tries to relate to you in this way.
When a guy is just another flirt, he won’t put in anywhere near the effort to connect with you on a deeper personal level.
He would be more concerned about how good the flirting makes him feel on a superficial level as opposed to finding ways to connect with you on a deeper personal level through shared interests and experiences.
This guy that you met through online dating shows that he does like you when he demonstrates that he has remembered topics that the both of you talked about in the past and asks you follow-up questions about those topics in future conversations.
This lets you know that he was actually thinking about what you told him when he was out and about doing his daily activities. Hence, he was thinking about you in a substantive way.
You were in his thoughts.
When he gets back into conversation with you, he asks you a follow-up question in reference to something that you said in a previous conversation because this gives him an opportunity to get to know you as a person even better.
You are like a puzzle that he is trying to put together, in a good way.
This means that you preoccupy the thoughts of this guy that you met through online dating when he is going about his daily activities.
A guy who is just another flirt will not ask you follow-up questions in a future conversation.
He doesn’t remember the past conversations.
He wasn’t thinking about you in a substantive way while he was going about his daily activities.
He is just there for the moment.
Once his conversation is done with you, he forgets about most of the details as he goes about his daily life.
When he gets to speak to you again, all he really cares about is resuming flirtation with you and nothing more.