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10 Safety Tips For Dating Online

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10 Safety Tips For Dating Online

Social networking sites offerb11816 a fun and secure environment to meet other quality singles. It’s also a great place to build loving and trusting friendships that can lead to lasting, off-line relationships. Whether you decide to correspond online or meet members off-line, please use sound judgment and be responsible for your conduct. In both the virtual and real worlds, common sense is your best safety tool.

1. Start slow
Watch out for someone who seems too good to be true. Begin by communicating solely online.

2. Guard your anonymity
 Never include your last name, email address, home address, phone number, place of work or any other identifying information in your free profile or initial messages.

3. Exercise caution and common sense
Careful, thoughtful decisions generally yield better dating results. Guard against trusting the untrustworthy; suitors must earn your trust gradually, through consistently honorable, forthright behavior.

4. Request a photo
A photo will give you a good idea of the person’s appearance, which may prove helpful in achieving a gut feeling.

5. Chat on the phone
A phone call can reveal much about a person’s communication and social skills.

6. Meet when YOU are ready
The beauty of meeting and relating online is that you can collect information gradually, later choosing whether to pursue the relationship in the off-line world. You never are obligated to meet anyone, regardless of your level of online intimacy.

7. Watch for red flags
Pay attention to displays of anger, intense frustration or attempts to pressure or control you.

8. Meet in a safe place
When you choose to meet off-line, always tell a friend where you are going and when you will return. Leave your date’s name and telephone number with your friend.

9. Take extra caution outside your area
If you are flying in from another city, arrange for your own car and hotel room. Do not disclose the name of your hotel and never allow your date to make the arrangements for you.

10. Get yourself out of a jam
Never do anything you feel unsure about. If you are in any way afraid of your date, use your best judgment to defuse the situation and get out of there.

While liars, cheaters and imposters certainly ply their craft on the Web, you’ll also find them in nightclubs and off-line dating services, cocktail parties or even sitting across from you at your local café. Regardless of where you meet someone, dating is never a risk-free activity, but a little caution will reduce your risk in matters of the heart.

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