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Minimizing The Risks Of Online Dating

Jun 28, 2008
Though the internet has opened avenues for everyone to meet on a common platform there are many downsides to this medium. This is a place where everybody has the freedom to say anything about themselves.

There is no quality check or any kind or legislation meant for safety which is an easy and vulnerable means of attacking unsuspecting individuals. The online dating sites do emphasize on use of stringent measures to filter the profiles of the registered members but, do you think it is possible to keep a track of so many people?

Thus you have to ensure your own safety and be responsible or else bear the consequences. So watch your step. We give you a few tips on how to minimize the risks of online dating.

Do not reveal personal information
It is very normal for someone to get carried away while dating online but one of the important rules of this dating game is to have your head on your shoulders and not act foolishly like giving out personal information such as telephone numbers and addresses.

This information is enough for the most likely criminals or any person with wrong intentions to track you down or misuse the details for personal benefit. The decision to not divulge any personal information can help immensely to minimize the risks of online dating.

Read the warning signs
This is a very good tip to minimize the risks of online dating. When you converse with your online date through emails or chat sessions, pay attention to what they are saying.

Some dominant characteristics like foul temper or unstable behavioral changes or mood swings are signs that should be taken into consideration. There are several such signs which may seem unusual to you as a normal person is attribute.

We do not say that no one has these characteristics in some amounts but you could be dealing with extreme cases, and moreover you do not want an online date who would either abuse you or ridicule you right? Such a relationship is doomed from the beginning.

Meet your date in a crowded area
When you meet someone online what guarantee is there that they are not putting on pretence? People with deceitful nature have no qualms about masking themselves.

They may be the sweetest people on earth, charming as ever not capable of harming anybody. But in reality the picture might be totally reversed. Make sure when you fix the meeting, it is done with the knowledge of your parents and friends and it is during daytime in a busy area.

This is an effective way to minimize the risks of online dating. Make sure your date does not accompany you back home for you do not know the person yet and do not fall prey to their insistence for your own safety sake.
About the Author
Rodrigo Rehn is a Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance dating services for singles.
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