For countless singles, the idea of turning to the world of online dating even a decade or so ago was almost taboo.
Often, singles would go to bars, rely on friends to set them up, even place an ad in a newspaper or magazine.
Flash-forward years later and online dating has gained in popularity. What may have once been desperation has turned into a model of success for Match.com, eHarmony etc.
With that in mind, are you toying with the idea of tossing your hat into the world of online dating?
What You Need to Know
In the event you are considering opting for online dating, where do you start?
Although putting up your own profile is a first step, make sure you never overlook your own well-being.
There are occasions where using a background check for online dating makes sense.
As an example, what if the person you recently began talking to or even dating has a criminal past? While he or she may very well hope you never discover it, is it something you have a right to know?
Depending on the severity of any crimes, the answer is of course yes.
Differentiating between shoplifting and a sexual assault is quite important. By doing that background check, you are likely to discover info that could end up protecting you.
Protect Your Privacy
Even if you believe that you have met “the one” via online dating, don’t put all your cards on the table.
This is especially important as it relates to divulging your personal information.
Although early talks with prospects are discussing personal lives, don’t say too much. Among things you should keep to yourself until you feel comfortable (if so) around someone:
- Where you live
- Where you work
- Any information about your children
- Any information about your banking and other financial details
- Your regular schedule i.e. when and where you go to the gym etc.
By protecting personal info until comfortable with someone, you watch out for yourself.
Be Honest About Your Expectations
If you do go through with a date or two, be realistic with the other individual.
It is only fair to them that you do not lead them on in any shape or manner. Stop for a moment and think, would like for someone to lead you on? Given the answer is likely no; the same is something to expect of you.
Do your best to be upfront. This is true if it means you will end up disappointing someone by saying you don’t think there is a true connection.
Given talking to someone online or by phone and meeting them is like a job interview, make sure you listen to them.
In the end, online dating may very well turn out to be one of the best decisions you ever made. That said also make sure it is the safest one possible.
Meeting the right person is the wish for countless singles.
Will your next online date be that one