MEETING YOUR PARTNER ONLINE SAFELY
Online dating is becoming a common way of finding a partner. Meeting someone online can be the beginning of a wonderful romance. However, there are risks involved. So be sure to read on for tips on how to stay safe when finding a partner online.
MEETING A PARTNER ONLINE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
We all crave a little love and affection during the holiday season. So it’s only natural to look for romance wherever or however you can. There are no shortage of ways to meet a partner or a casual hookup nowadays.
One of the most prevalent ways to meet someone is online. It sounds pretty romantic, doesn’t it? Meeting that special someone while never having seen them in real life, that is possibly living hundreds of miles away from you.
And it’s becoming more common every year to find your lover online. Did you know that more than 40 million people in the U.S.A use online dating services? That’s 40 percent of all single people. This tells us that meeting your partner online is nothing unusual these days.
THE PATH TO ONLINE DATING
With the rise of technology and the internet, it’s no wonder that our dating habits have evolved too over the past decades. Once you’ve connected with someone special online, the step to online dating is a logical one.
In fact, a recent survey we conducted among a thousand Americans in long-distance relationships showed that half of the respondents met their partner online.
In the future, we might even get a chance to meet our partners through virtual reality dating. And even though meeting a special someone online is amazing, there are some risks involved. Follow these do’s and don’ts for meeting your partner online safely.
MEETING YOUR PARTNER ONLINE DO’s:
At a certain point, try to get your online lover to speak to you on the phone or on Skype.
People can fake being a certain age or gender in an online profile quite easily, but it becomes a lot harder when they actually have to use their voice and facial expressions. Plus, if you guys really like each other, there’s no reason not to take it a step further with a phone or Skype call, right?
- Listen to your intuition.
We, humans, are excellent in sensing whether or not we get a good vibe off another person. Are they asking you a billion questions but refuse to share anything about themselves? Do they somehow never have time for a phone call? Trust your gut feeling on these things and don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with.
Be patient and take your time when meeting your partner online.
In the world of online dating, things can go quite fast. Still, it always takes time to really get to know the other person so don’t rush this precious process. First, you can talk a bit online and find out more about each other. Later on, move to telephone calls and Skype conversations.
Finally, when you’re both ready, you can decide to meet up in person for the first time. And what’s a better time to that then during the holidays?
MEETING YOUR PARTNER ONLINE DON’TS:
- Don’t lie about yourself when creating an online profile.
You don’t have to lay all your cards on the table, but at least be as honest as possible about the information that you do decide to share about yourself such as your age and your personality. How is someone supposed to fall in love with you when you’re presenting a fake persona?
This one might be obvious, but it has to be said.
When meeting your partner online, NEVER give them any sensitive information such as your social security number or financial info should they ask for such things when you’ve only just met. RED FLAG!
- When you and your online love interest want to meet up in person for the first time, don’t meet up at your house.
If things go south, you don’t want them to know your home address and you definitely don’t want to be alone in a room with them. Instead, suggest meeting up in a public place such as a bar or a coffee shop.
FINAL WORD OF WARNING
As we know, meeting your partner online is becoming more and more common. There are countless love stories that started out through the wonder of the world wide web and there’s no reason why yours shouldn’t.
However, when trying to find that special someone online, you’ll have to accept that there’s always somewhat of a risk involved. The same is true for many things in life, such as driving a car.
You accept the (small) risk that something might go wrong, but it doesn’t stop you from trying it out. Nor should it. The most important thing is that you keep your own safety in mind at all times. We hope you have a romantic holiday filled with love, whether it be online or offline!