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Online Dating Safety Tips
Trust doesn't come easily to some people. Unfortunately, the inability to
trust has ruined more than one otherwise good relationship. It is important
to give trust, but to keep your eyes wide open at the same time. Paranoia
can truly ruin a relationship, or even stop a potential relationship before
it gets started.
When it comes to online dating, trust only goes so far. This is because you
don't know who you are dealing with at all for the most part. Many people
bring fantasy into the online dating game, which means that nothing that
they tell you is true. Others are really up to no good and intend to cause
harm in some way. We also have a fantasy about the people that we meet -
online and offline. In our heads, based on the little data that we have about
who that person really is, we form a picture in our minds of who we think
that they are. This fantasy person usually doesn't exist.
For this reason, it is important to practice safe dating even when the dating
in question is online - especially when the dating starts online. It starts
with email, and ends with an in person meeting...or progresses further with
an in-person meeting. At some point in there, it is important to have
communication by telephone, preferably for an extended period of time. Put
a voice to the picture and profile. If a person does not want to talk to
you on the telephone, they are hiding something.
When you've decided that you want to meet someone, choose a public location,
and also try to set the date for the daytime. You want to avoid cozy restaurants
or romantic settings. You don't want any type of setting, time, or anything
else that suggests the meeting may turn into something more. You want other
people at the location, but you also want the ability to speak with that
person without worrying about all those other people hearing every word.
Avoid the use of alcohol or drugs before and during the date. You need to
be totally alert. We all have built in instincts, and drugs and alcohol may
cause us to miss something that could mean the difference between life and
death - literally. Furthermore, do not leave your beverage or food unattended.
Keep it where you can see it. If you excuse yourself to go to the restroom
while eating or drinking, do not continue to eat or drink what you left when
you come back.
Do not allow your date to pick you up or to take you home. Do not get into
a vehicle at all with your date. Arrange your own transportation, even if
you decide to move the date to a different location while it is in progress.
Let people know where you are. Ideally, you will have two friends or family
members that know where you are going, who you are meeting, and when you
expect to return. Bring a fully charged cell phone with you, and make sure
that someone calls you during the date to check on you as well.
If you are uncomfortable, in the sense that the person is up to no good or
that you are in danger, call your friend or family member and have them come
meet you and follow you home. Leave early. Make up an emergency. Do whatever
it takes to get away from the person, but don't leave alone.