The internet has given singles one of the best tools ever to meet a person for a relationship, friendship or even a casual relationship. As good as a dating online site is to your love life prospects it is also a tool that you must use with care. Most of the people who use these sites are good people who are looking for someone just like you, but there is always the bad seed that can ruin your experience. Before you decide to meet someone online here are some things that you should remember to stay safe before and during your date.
Too Good To Be True
If someone’s profile seems too good to be true, then chances are that there is something that they are not telling you. We all have that little voice in the back of our heads that tells us if something is wrong and you should look for all the signals so that you can avoid meeting the wrong person. Take a look at the entire profile before you decide to meet someone and if you see something that does not seem quite right, then it is better to keep talking to the person until you are sure about their intentions.
Before you meet someone make sure to set a few boundaries that you do not want crossed on during the date. Also tell the person in a very clear way what those boundaries are so that there is no confusion once you meet them. It is better to let people know what your expectations are so that they do not think that anything past that will happen. If they reject the date based on your expectations then you are better off looking for someone else anyway.
Meet In Public
This is one of the most important things that you can do to be safe when meeting someone from a dating online site is to meet them in public. If they cannot meet you in a public place then you cannot meet them anywhere else. If someone is refusing to meet you in public there could be a reason for it which could not be that innocent. If you feel that they are sincere about the reason they cannot see you at a café or a bookstore then leave the date for another day. You will be much safer if you follow that rule.
Tell People Who You Are With
You do not need to tell everyone in your circle of friends who you will be going out with, but at least tell a friend or two just in case anything goes wrong. A good idea when meeting someone from an online dating site is to take a picture with that person with the innocent excuse that you are having fun. Send that picture discretely to your friend and enjoy the rest of your date.
Use Your Own Transportation
Whenever possible you should use your own method of transportation when dating online. That will ensure that you can get out if you need to. You should arrange to meet the person in a public place so that you have to drive there. If you drove to your date then there is no need for them to get you home. You do not have to drive; you can just say you did if you need to leave.