How safe is internet dating

Know who you’re talking to Whether it’s an app you’re on or a dating site, be aware of the amount of information on offer from the people you are chatting to.

Sure, people knock off a few years here or there and might use a picture that’s six months out of date, but, if someone has minimal information about themselves or one grainy picture be aware that they might not be who they say they are.

Check them out online The advantage of everyone living their lives online now is that you’ll be able to verify a person’s identity before you meet them by looking them up on social media.

There’s no need to get their inside leg measurement and mother’s maiden name but, checking they are a "real person" before a date will give you piece of mind before you meet.

Morning dates Dates are traditionally something which happen after dark, however, with the increased number of people online dating and meeting via apps, and the increased frequency of dates, it's not unusual to suggest a ‘day date’ - meeting for brunch, for example, or grabbing a bite to eat on a lunch break. Spread to the word Tell a friend (or five) about your date.

As quick as it is to meet a person online it is to delete them.You are under no obligation to meet someone, regardless of how long you’ve been chatting to them, and, if you feel under any sort of pressure to do so, it’s time to move on.Opt for a neutral meeting place When meeting someone for the first time (read: second, third and fourth) arrange your date in a neutral place - and never accept a dinner invite at a person’s house.Many people wrongly assume that using an online dating service is the equivalent of throwing in the towel and screaming, "All right already, I'll do it - I'm desperate!" Actually, online dating is not for the desperate.

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