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Online Dating Risks

Online Dating Risks

The most exciting thing on the dating scene today is online dating. Spurred by technological advances and aided by technical solutions that implement them, online dating websites are now innovative, highly interactive and very, very exciting for people across all generations. However, every now and then, you come across stories of people who have had unpleasant experiences while using these dating websites or have been plain duped. Just like traditional dating, even in online dating, a bit of caution goes a long way. Let us take a look at some basic safety precautions that every member of an online dating service should be taking.

·    Do not be tempted by offers from free online dating services. Remember, websites that charge you signup fees do so for a reason. They use the fees to thoroughly screen all members and also use their own resources to conduct background checks on them. Information on what the present status of the member is and any pertinent information, say like criminal records, if found, are made available to all paid members.

·    When you are speaking to someone online, keep an eye out on the consistency of the information they are giving you. If they are lying, it is going to take some effort to be always consistent about the lies.

·    Under no circumstances, should you give your personal details in the very first communication. Never divulge details like your name, address, phone numbers or even that of your children or your immediate family. Only after you have established the genuineness of the person after a few meetings can you slowly reveal the details but even then, only bit by bit.

·    If you find communication with some members uncomfortable, stop communicating right away. In fact, most websites will provide you with tools meant for blocking such users. Use these tools to stop them from harassing you.

·    When you are chatting online or speaking to the other person, watch for warning signs like sudden signs of anger, use of abusive language, providing elusive answers to some direct questions. If your intuition is warning you about someone, heed the warning.

·    When you decide that it may be time to meet your friend in person, choose a public place for your first few meetings. Arrange for your own transport and make sure you leave details like where you will be going, whom you will be meeting and a few phone numbers with another friend.

·    If to your surprise, you find that the date is going really well, tell yourself to stay realistic. Not much can be known about a person in just one date. Do not get carried away and reveal too much personal information about yourself.

Online Dating has more or less the same risks as traditional dating – you just happen to know your date a little better. By being cautious, you are ensuring that you do not get hurt in the process and have a real chance at a long-lasting relationship.

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