Tips to Meet Your Online Dating Partner Safely
It is always fun to meet new people on an online dating platform. But when do you know it is absolutely safe to meet them in real? The Internet is fraught with people who are best kept at a distance. At first, someone may come across as extremely charming and irresistible. But should you wait for a disaster to strike to identify their true nature? Do not put your security at risk. Follow these simple tips to be on your guard while meeting your online dating partner in the real world.
Always tell someone reliable about the guy or girl you have been chatting with on the Internet. This someone reliable can be your best friend, your parents or your siblings. Keeping someone reliable in loop about your interactions or plan to meet always helps to keep trouble at bay.
Do not share too much personal information with your online dating partner than is required. In case you are text dating, you do not have much of a choice as you would have possible given away your personal cell phone number. But hold your horses just there. Do not divulge your home or office address, your email id or your home number. You do not want to invite problems, especially those related to cyber crime. The sweet charming guy you have been talking to might turn out to be a stalker…who knows! Try calling the person from a public telephone booth or switch off your caller ID while calling them up. That way, you can ensure that your safety and peace of mind are well guarded.
Never go alone on a first date. And this one is especially for all the lovely women out there. Take a reliable (male) friend along. This might seem a little strange to your online dating partner but hey, you are just trying to protect yourself! Also, always make sure that you meet at a public place, such as a park or a coffee shop rather than somewhere discreet. If things go well, you will have plenty of places to get up close and personal with your online dating partner. But for the initial few times, keep it public.
Do not get drunk on your first date. You do not want to make yourself vulnerable and invite trouble. Plus, even if you online dating partner does turn out to be perfectly normal and mean no harm, you will end up spoiling your own image. Now, you surely wouldn’t want that to happen!
Finally, do a little bit of background check on your online dating partner. Browse through his or her Facebook profile to see the kind of friends he/she has and the way he/she portrays herself to the rest of the world. Getting as much information about your online dating partner will help you stay cautious about meeting him or her in real life.
Meetings random people can be extremely dangerous. So, follow these tips, instead of your heart to stay cautious and get to really know your online dating partner!