So you go to school online, but have you ever tried online dating? Research suggests that about 25% of you who are in a new relationship have because the percentage of couples who meet online is about one in four, and still rising.
The stigma of online dating has long since gone, but a recent study of 1,000 single men and women who belong to leading dating communities uncovered that a staggering amount of dishonesty exists in online dating communities! 53% of American people surveyed said they lied in their online dating profiles!*
|The top 10 lies told by men*
||The top 10 lies told by women*
If you do date online here are a few offline safety tips to help you.
Get to know ‘your date’ before meeting offline
Many online dating services don’t do criminal background checks, so use the internet and other resources to do your own research. At the very least, ‘Google’ them and review public information made available by government offices.
Always meet in public
Make sure your first date is in a populated, public place – don’t ever meet at their home or in a private, remote location.
Stay in a public place
Even if the date is going well, don’t go back to their home or bring them back to yours on your first date. If they pressure you, leave immediately.
Tell a friend
Make sure you tell a close friend or family member the 3 ‘Ws’ – Who? When? Where? Always have your cell phone with you with their number saved as a speed dial.
Remember that you’re effectively meeting a stranger, no matter what you have ‘learned’ about your date online. Stay attentive, keep a clear head and make good decisions.
You always want the flexibility to leave on your own terms – Drive yourself to and from your first date, use valet parking if available, or keep cash in reserve for a taxi if you don’t have a car.
Keep your personal things close
Always have control of your phone, your wallet, your pocketbook… if you go to the restroom, be sure to take it with you.
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*Source – Global research agency OpinionMatters.
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