So, you’ve finally decided to give the world of online dating a go?
Before you might go out on your first date, have you thought things through?
You know, things such as can you trust the individual you might go out with? Will they be someone who does not put your safety in jeopardy? Last, will they be someone you end up only being friends with or more?
Sure, it can be difficult to answer those questions until you actually meet and get to know them.
That said it is imperative that you never put your safety in question.
So, are you ready to see who might be out there for you?
Keep Safety at the Top Spot on Your List
In order for you to be as safe as possible if you go out on an online date, remember these three tips:
- Getting to know the person – There is only so much info you can gather in talking to them online or over the phone. That said ask some pertinent questions during those discussions to get a better feel. You’d want to know if they have a steady income, a sound roof over their head, if they in a marriage, and do they have children. Without being too formal, look at it almost like you are conducting a job interview. In doing so, you will get to know them a little better before the first meeting. This should also enhance your safety and temper any fears you may have of this person not being safe to meet. Before long, you can determine if you should be dating that person.
- Letting others know – Before you meet your online date, make sure someone close to you knows your plans. Whether an immediate family member or close friend, they should have your itinerary. Although the majority of online dates never end with one’s safety in jeopardy, play it safe. The best places to meet are of course in public. Whether going for coffee at a local hot spot or taking a walk along a crowded beach or in a park, make it public. Although one day you may end up growing close to this person, you do not know that after only a discussion or two.
- Don’t divulge anything too personal – Last, make sure you do not divulge anything too personal. Although it is fine and actually expected to share some personal items be careful. This does not include things such as where you bank and what retirement account/s you might have. If you do get into a relationship over time, you can figure out when it is good to talk about such matters. In most cases, financial discussions should not come up unless there is an engagement. At that time, you will know if avoiding people with money issues is on your itinerary. This means you do not get trapped in a bad financial situation.
Don’t Rush Into Anything
As much as you may like your online date, it is wise not to rush into anything.
There will be time to get to know someone and consider the possibilities of a relationship down the road.
For now, figure out where you are both compatible. Also, see what each person is looking for out of a possible relationship.
As all too many people can tell you, rushing into something more times than not will end up being a big mistake.
Now that you are into online dating, when’s your first date?