More and more people these days are using the internet to find dates, but when it comes to finding a match online, there are some things you should do to make sure you are safe. There is no question that online dating can be dangerous, as there are absolutely people out there that are simply making dating profiles with ill intentions. However, if you approach online dating in an intelligent manner, in general, you should be fairly safe and protected.
The first and foremost thing you should do is spend enough time talking to a person online to try to get to know them. A great deal of people find matches online and jump right into meeting someone. If instead, you have quite a bit of dialogue online, or through texting, you should be able to feel them out a bit more. You may think you want to meet someone initially, but after talking to them for a little while, you may notice things that alert a red flag. If this happens to be the case, you will have avoided meeting someone that may be potentially dangerous, simply be engaging them in conversation and getting to know them online for a while before meeting.
If you do decide that you have hit it off with a person and think you would like to meet up with them in person, it is crucial that you meet in a public place. Do not have them simply pick you up, or go meet them in a private location. Again, you are going to want to make sure you can feel them out and it is imperative that you never meet a person who you have never met before in a private location. This can give someone an opportunity to do something that you may not want, so always make sure you meet in a public place.
Another thing you should always do before meeting someone you have met online is to tell someone that you are going on a date. Always let someone know what your plans are when you are meeting your date and it is also a great idea to drive yourself to and from the initial meeting. One of the biggest things to keep in mind when you are going to meet a match that you have met online is to stay sober. Even if you are a person that enjoys a few drinks, or simply wants to have an alcoholic beverage in order to loosen up, you should always stay sober when you initially meet someone. Being inebriated could lead to being in a compromised position, which is not something you want when you have never met a person before.