While nothing is wrong with dating someone you met online first, there are some things that you need to consider before jumping into anything that you cannot get yourself out of.There are a number of tips that can help you date safely. In the end, there are going to be risks in dating. It doesn't matter if you met the guy online or in a supermarket. All you can do is take some safety precautions and think smart, just in case. The following tips should help you if you are interested in cyber dating.
People have the ability to seem incredible online, and you might think you've met the catch of the century. He might advertise himself as being tall, handsome, affluent and in his twenties... however, until you meet him in person, you can't be sure. Don't fall too hard for someone you have not yet met in real life. For all you know, that hot-looking man could be a woman -- or "self-employed" may mean he earns his keep sitting on a street corner holding a hat. The point is, until you meet the person and get to know him -- you really never know what you're going to get.
You should always be wary of giving out any of your personal information online, because you don't know who could end up with it. (You should not give out your address ever.) Avoid things like full names, cell phone numbers, and information about your specific location or where you work. It's much better to say you are "a customer service rep" or "pastry chef" as opposed to saying where you hold that particular job. Those little seemingly benign nuggets of information can add up to a pretty complete overview of your life!
When it comes time for the first call, ask him for his phone number. If he has caller ID, he will get your number when you ring him up unless you take steps to block your number (though you can also block his calls later on if need be). This gives you a chance to get to know him better, but still retain a comfortable safety level.
If for any reason you begin feeling uncomfortable, then you need to trust those feelings. If you are talking for some time and notice inconsistencies in his story -- or if it's simply a nagging feeling in your gut, then you should just thank the man for his time and part ways. This will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Yes, you've heard it before, but you'd be surprised what some women ultimately do: When it comes time to meet in person, make sure that your first meeting -- and at least a few subsequent ones -- are in public.Here are some more safety tips:
Dating online does not have to be dangerous. Just use some common sense, be careful and enjoy your time meeting new people!
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