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How to Stay Safe When Dating Online

People no longer have a negative view about online dating. A lot of people are dating online today. It is an effective way of enhancing one’s...

 

People no longer have a negative view about online dating. A lot of people are dating online today. It is an effective way of enhancing one’s sociability and finding love. If you are looking for love or a date, you should consider using the internet. However, online dating is very risky. If you have made up your mind to date online, you should be very cautious. There are stories of many people that have encountered some misfortunes while dating online. It is a veritable platform for scammers to carry out their evil deeds. So be careful. Here are some tips to apply in order to play safe while dating online.

Mind the details you add in your online dating profile

Your profile contains certain information about yourself which other members of the site will view when they are searching for a date online. There are some dating sites that allow any internet users to view the profile of their members. So, you should be mindful of the personal data you include in your profile. As a rule of the thumb, you have to only include data that you will be willing to share with strangers. In fact, there are some personal details that you should not include in your profile. First, it is not good to use your real name while creating your profile. If you want to use your real name, it should be only your first or middle name and never your last name. People will identify you easily with your last name.

Do not add your home address in your profile. People can trace you to your home. It is also not advisable to add your office address or address of your school. People will be able to identify you if they know your place of work or study. Put differently, it is not good to reveal your real identity in your profile. If you find a date and you want the person to really know who you are, you can disclose your identity to the person through private message.

Sharing your photo online

Most online dating sites allow their users to upload their photos for other members to view them. Photos are important because they help other members to make their choices. But at the same time, you don’t have to be posting your photos indiscriminately online. Some photos will give people cue on who you are, where you work and where you live. So, you should be very careful on the nature of photos you share online. Don’t post any picture that bears your real name or the name of your employer or sibling. If you want to post a lot of your pictures, then you have to set your profile so that only your real friends will view them.

Don’t share all personal details at the beginning

If you finally find an online date, you still need to be very careful with what you share with the person especially at the initial stage. You will only share a lot about yourself when you have developed trust on the person.

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Disadvantages of Online Dating

 

Online dating is normally packaged and presented in the commercials as the best means of dating. If you believe the messages of the commercials as they are presented, you will think that online dating has no disadvantages at all. But experience has shown that it has lots of disadvantages. Having disadvantages does not mean that it is not good. It has its merits as well. But before you start dating online, it is important that you know the disadvantages of online dating. This will help you to judge whether online dating is the best option for you. Here are some of disadvantages of online dating.

No serious commitment

One of the problems of online dating is lack of serious commitment from some people. The reason for this is quite obvious. Online dating help people to find partners easily. There are varieties of choices on the internet. Finding a date online is not as difficult as finding one offline. This advantage has some negative implication. It makes some people not to put much effort in maintaining their relationship since they know they can easily find another date. At a little provocation, they will call it a quit and look for another alternative. In traditional offline dating, people don’t easily separate with their partners because there is commitment.

Infidelity

The rate of infidelity is very high in online dating. Most people can maintain many relationships online at the same. It is possible for a person to be chatting with numerous people at the same time and none of the partners will find out. Though some people keep many dates offline, but you can easily discover when a partner is not faithful or is cheating on you in offline relation than when a partner is not faithful in online relationship.

Impossible to delete data shared

It is impossible for you to delete any data you shared online with your online friends unless you have access to the person’s account and the dating site has the delete feature for that. Apart from this, dating sites do not delete personal data of their members. The personal data you shared with online dating sites are kept permanently even when you cancel your membership.

If you have taken time to read the privacy policies of many online dating sites, you will discover that some of them make it clear that they will provide your profile information if it is required by a court. So, your profile can be used against you in court cases relating to divorce, employment, medical and custody court cases.

Felons and predators

Online daters are more vulnerable to felons and predators. No background checks on members are conducted by most of the online daters. Some people are just opportunists. They are looking for opportunity to prey on their online daters. So, you can be a victim if you are not careful. But no matter how careful you are, it is always difficult to identify a sexual predator in online dating since you don’t know anything about the person.