Meeting over the Internet through a dating site has become much more popular than it was in the past. The stigma that used to be attached to it is gone in the eyes of most people, and there have been very successful relationships that have started online. That’s good news for anyone who wants to use the Internet to look for love, but it shouldn’t be taken as an open invitation to put too much information out there. Even though many dating sites are reputable, almost anyone can sign up for them – and people will lie over the Internet in ways that they might not get away with in person.
Keep that in mind when you set up your profile. Be honest, but be careful. Giving out too much information right away is a poor choice for any dating or social networking site. Instead, make sure that you tell only what you feel comfortable with the world knowing. If you do meet someone, proceed with caution. People aren’t always who they appear to be. Don’t have your new match come to your home. Meet in a public place and let others know where you’re going, who you’re meeting, and when you plan to return. It’s safer that way.
You should also hold off giving the person you’re meeting your home phone number. It’s too easy to find out a lot about you with that information, including where you live. If possible, use a prepaid cell phone for your Internet dating contacts. Create a new email address, too, and use it only for online dating. As you get to know someone better, you can choose whether you want to let that person into your life. You can always change your email address and phone number with your match later, if things get that far.