As the internet has become a major source of communication over the past few years, more and more people are turning to the internet for online dating. What people seem to be oblivious of, though, are the potential dangers of meeting and setting up dates with people online. Because of this, it is vital that you pay attention to online dating safety.
Online dating certainly has its upsides as it allows you to meet new people and possibly find the right person. There are hundreds of dating sites online, which makes it all the more important that you practice safe internet dating. You never know who could be on the other side of the computer.
Because it is online, most of the time you can never see or hear who you are talking to. Therefore, you are relying solely on what the other person is typing to you. You have to have a great deal of trust in the other person, but do not trust them too much with personal information. By giving out too much information, you may be setting yourself up for trouble.
When you meet someone for the first time online, you will feel a rush of excitement. But you have to learn to control your emotions and maintain a calm and almost defensive personality at first. While a majority of the people on online dating sites is kind and genuine, there is also a small group of people that you want to be wary of.
There are some things that you can do to practice safe online dating. First off, you should never pass out personal contact data for the first date. Being that you do not know this person at all except for online, you do not want to give the person too much information. You can arrange to meet the person at a restaurant or bar, but do not give your home address out. As for your number, it is best if you tell them to meet in the front or at a particular place rather than giving them your number right off the bat.
Meeting in a public place is the safest route just in case something was to go wrong for some reason. That is why meeting at a restaurant, bar, or caf?? is recommended. It may seem a little overboard, but your safety is the most important thing during the first date. You will have an idea right when you see and talk to the person for the first time as to what kind of person they are.
Most online dating sites do their best to secure your personal information and keep out sketchy individuals. But even then, it is up to you to practice online dating safety. While a majority of the people are decent individuals, it is the few sketchy people that you have to be wary of.
It is perfectly fine to reveal your first name in the early stages of your correspondence with an internet stranger. Beyond that, however, please use caution. Think to yourself, is it prudent to tell someone who you don't know from Adam (or Eve!) your last name, your home address, your work address or your telephone number? (The correct answer is NO). Until you feel extremely comfortable with the other person, it is best to use the nick name designed for that purpose. Let's face it, when you are typing away from a distance, it is easy to mislead (that's a euphemism, we really mean LIE!) about yourself. Honesty breeds honesty. Stick to the truth and, chances are, the other person will follow suit.
Have you ever spoken to a business contact on the phone - and then when you met them, they looked entirely different from the way you had pictured? Exchanging a current photo (not the one taken at the beach 20 years ago when you were young, skinny and cute!) is a good way to determine whether you are attracted to the other person. But it is a good safety measure too. It is not a smart idea to be alone with someone you have just met. When arranging your first (or even second or third) meeting with a person, make it clear that you intend to meet in a public place and arrange all transportation on your own. It is also wise to advise a friend or relative where you will be. Do not let anyone pressure you into doing anything you are not comfortable doing.