Online Dating FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Online Dating
Is online dating safe?
There are a few inherent risks when meeting strangers online, but as long as you take basic precautions and use common sense, online dating can be at least as safe as traditional dating, if not safer. One issue to consider is the security of the data that you include in your profile. It is a good idea to check the terms and conditions of any website before posting information about yourself. You should also consider how exposed your profile will be, and how much personal information you are comfortable exposing to the public. Since you can contact matches through an online dating service's internal communication system, there's no need to reveal your address or phone number. When you do communicate with other members, keep in mind the possibility that any stranger could be a liar or a scammer. Proceed with caution and listen to your instincts. Don't enter into any financial arrangements with anyone you've just met. Don't feel obligated to meet every match in person. Wait until you feel comfortable, and when you do schedule a first date, choose a well lit, public place, and tell a friend where you are going.
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