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Keeping Safe With Online Dating

Sep 8, 2008
Dating today is different than it once was. With more and more people meeting online, you have to take certain precautions when meeting someone. You never know who you are going to find online, and because of this you need to protect yourself at every turn.

Guarding yourself will ensure that you only share your information with the people that you want to share it with, so you don't get any unwanted callers! Unfortunately we live in a world where we cannot simply trust anyone, so you need to protect yourself so that you can make the most of your online dating experience.

Simple Tips to Help You Stay Safe

The first and most important tip when you are dating online is to trust your gut. Most of us have pretty good instincts, yet we tend to ignore them. Instead of ignoring them, listen to your instincts and respond accordingly. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or something just doesn't seem right, trust the way you are feeling.

Don't feel like you have to meet the first person that you get in touch with online. Instead, take your time getting to know many different people before you rush out and meet someone. Read a lot of different profiles and get a feel for all of the people out there. When you focus in on just one person you may miss those that are right for you.

It's important not to publish your phone number or even your email address in public ads or profiles. This is information that can be shared later on when you get to know someone better. If you do share this information, someone can track you down and they could show up on your doorstep uninvited. Remember, you don't know who is out there so you need to protect yourself.

Ask a lot of questions when you are chatting with someone and don't simply take something at face value. When we assume things about people, this is when we find ourselves in trouble. When you ask a lot of questions you can get a feel for how honest someone is and whether they are someone that you want to spend your time and energy on.

Don't allow yourself to be talked into doing something, such as meeting, that you don't want to do. Spend time getting to know someone first online through a chat system, then through email, then on the phone.

Only if you feel comfortable should you move to the next step of meeting with someone. Take the communication process as a feeling out period, as this will weed out the strange people that you would be well advised to steer clear of. If they are still around after you have put them through this process, chances are they really like you and they have great intentions.
About the Author
Rodrigo Rehn is a Relationships Expert, Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance dating services.
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