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How To Avoid The Dangers Of Online Dating

Sep 12, 2008
While it serves as a convenient alternative to the traditional physical dating experience, online dating has always been viewed as a risky and even dangerous endeavour. Not only can paid online dating be costly but it can compromise your personal safety and privacy.

A study about cyber dating states that a considerable number of harassment cases have been reported. Most of these cases were files by females and those of 18-25 years of age. Considering this fact, it would not be prudent for young women to engage in online dating. But for those who have long been contemplating on getting involved in the activity, you may find some of these guides useful to avoid being harassed and stalked in the future.

When you sign-up for an account, do not give your personal email and your real profile information, not even your birthday. Provide them with a newly created email account. Also, the newly created account must not contain your true profile. Most harassment letters are sent through emails, so be sure not to put any of your true personal information. Most especially, do not in any case, give them your contact information if you do not want to receive harassing text messages or threatening voice calls.

Once you become a member, be sure not to put or upload any of your pictures on the dating site. Make use of photo bucket or other image sites and choose a random picture for your profile. Do not ever send a picture of yourself or your loved ones even if you dated the person online for quite some time.

While dating someone online, avoid giving them personal information about you and especially about your family. You can prevent the conversation from being too private by keeping your topics as general as possible. You do not have to lie but you can limit your discussion to general things and away from personal stuffs.

Avoid dating minors. Not only will you have problems dealing with the law on statutory rape but you may face difficulties in trying to end the relationship as younger ones tend to be more clingy, helpless and dependent. You can identify these boys and girls by watching out for simple signals. They are often more excited and talkative. You can also ask them about their school and what year they graduated from high school.

Be sure not to reveal details about your past sexual escapades. Some people even invent some sex stories for themselves to get and keep a guy excited. Remember that scammers and harassers can easily use these stories as blackmailing tools to obtain favours or even money from you. Also, avoid getting into cybersex especially with strangers you have met for the first time.

You would never know if you are still taking to a sane person and not a psycho. You are certainly setting a snare for yourself when you engage on these very dangerous online activities. Lastly, try to choose your dates carefully. Watch out for perverts, weirdoes and possible stalkers and harassers. Always trust your instinct. If someone seems too good to be true, chances are, they are really not at all good for you.
About the Author
Rodrigo Rehn is a Relationships Expert, Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance online dating for singles.
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