Technology and the internet aren’t going anywhere any time soon. In fact, it’s only becoming more of a presence in our everyday lives. Our smartphones are basically pocket sized computers after all! It’s only logical that people would turn to the internet in order to find a date. Oh, and turn to the internet we did! There are advertisements for dating sites in magazines, billboards along the highway, on television commercials… There are even plugs for dating sites in television shows.
No matter how popular online dating may become, it still has a dark cloud cast over it. When people hear that you’ve turned to online dating they either think you’re desperate and can’t find a date on your own, or they think you’re into kiddy porn or other disturbing fetishes. We know that this isn’t why we turn to online dating and frankly, it’s no one’s business why we choose to meet people online.
Do not give out personal information like your home address, place of employment, etc. One way to prevent people from knowing too much about you is to keep your private details, private. Only until you are certain of who they are and you can trust them, you may wish to reveal your information. You don’t want to run the risk of having unexpected visitors showing up at your home or your job. That would be creepy.
Agree to meet in public place. We want to think that everyone is an upstanding citizen like ourselves, but truth of the matter is that you never know. When you’re meeting someone from the internet for the first time, always agree to meet them in a public place with a lot of people around like parks, malls, and museums. You want people to be able to see you and if something bad should happen, you want to be able to call out for help if you need to. Also, make sure you tell someone you know where you are going and who you are going with. Tell them any identifying things about the person such as their screen name, what site you met them on, and their phone number if you have it… Anything you can think of. You can never be too careful.
Never leave your drink unattended. I needn’t say why for this one, right? If you need a refill, only accept a drink if it is brought from the waiter, you got it yourself, or if it has a sealed lid. You don’t want something slipped into your drink!
Bring a fully charged cell phone and your own money. If your car breaks down or if you need to call a cab. If you have your own money, you can offer to pay your own way so that you aren’t pressured into doing anything you don’t want to because your date paid for you.
With these tips, you can help safeguard yourself from a potential dangerous situation. While these are very basic tips, it is always a good idea to go with your gut feeling. If you don’t feel safe, you don’t have to stick around. Your safety comes first!
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