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Stay Safe On A Date

May 18, 2008
Dating services are a big thing on the Internet nowadays. There are tons of companies, such as FriendFinder, with lots of members, making it easy for just about anybody to find people with the same interests. Especially for busy professionals, online dating is a very convenient service.

However, when dating online, you need to make sure you are safe. If you meet somebody on FriendFinder, and have only IMed/PMed them, you cannot be sure that person is safe. However, if you follow these guidelines, you can have a great online date.

First, you should make meet that person in a public place. Don't let the date know your home address. Even if you dated the person before, you should be careful. Give out only your cell phone number, because it is possible to trace the home address by a landline number. Don't worry about your date taking offense to it, it is for safety.

You have to meet in public places, such as concerts, cafes, or movies, with lots of people. Also, you can go on a double date, with a friend. This might seem awkward, but again, it's safe.

Next, avoid alcohol on your first date. It can impair your judgment or you can let your guard down. If you choose to drink, try to keep it to a minimum.

On a first date, it's always a good idea to go dutch and pay your half of the bill. Doing so will not make your date feel that you're obligated to have a second date in the event you aren't interested. Don't worry about offending and stand your ground.

Make sure that you tell a friend of yours that you are going on a date. State the place you are going to and when you will be back. Ask the friend to call you after you get home, to make sure you are safe. Or you can end the date by going to your friend.

Last but not least, trust your judgment. If something doesn't feel right about the person, then it probably isn't. If you feel uneasy, end the date early. Just because you talked with the person a lot by email, you can only see that something is not right with that person when you talk to him/her in person. If you trust your judgment and use common sense, you will have a safe and great date!
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