A Comprehensive Dating Advice
10 tips: Online Dating Safety
It's a good idea to take precautions when meeting people online, just as
you would do in the offline world. The following tips are just some of
the things you might want to consider as you begin online dating. These
tips are not designed to scare you, but to encourage you to be smart,
use common sense, play it safe, and have fun.
Remain anonymous. You should avoid being identified online. Start
by getting a free, anonymous Mail account. Never give out your real
name, phone number, or address in chat rooms or in personals ads. If you
decide you want to give out personal information anyway, be sure you're
giving it to someone you can trust.
Be honest. Be truthful in your personals profile and in online
conversations. Make your intentions clear. If you're just flirting, be
sure that the other person isn't taking you seriously. Being honest can
prevent disappointment for both you and your potential date. Just
remember - you could end up meeting this person. You don't want to hurt
others' feelings with false impressions.
Always pay attention. Listen to your intuition - it's your best
defense. Use common sense. If something seems too good to be true, it
probably is. Even if you feel it, it's a smart idea to save saying "I
Love You" for a face-to-face encounter. Pay attention to habits and
moods - are they changing? If something doesn't feel right, feel free to
stop communicating with that person.
Wait till you're comfortable to call. Let the other person bring
up the idea of talking on the phone. When he or she asks for your number
and you're not ready to give it out, politely say "no," but ask for a
number you can call when you're ready. If you decide to call, pay
attention to who answers the phone and the background noises you hear.
Do they match what you know about the person?
Take it slowly. Spend as much time communicating electronically
as is necessary for you to feel comfortable enough to actually meet the
person. Don't be coerced into meeting face to face. If someone really
wants to meet you, he or she will wait till you're ready