When it comes to online dating, tips for women like these can be a literal life saver. Depending on how long you’ve been in the relationship that has just ended, online dating might not have even existed the last time you were “on the market.” This means that you need to learn not only a little bit about making it work but also about ensuring your own safety when taking an online relationship offline and actually getting into the dating game with someone you met through one of the many dating services the Internet has to offer.
1) Get to know the person you’re considering going on a date with online first. The more you know about him the better you can feel about meeting him in person. The odds are good that he is exactly who he says he is but it’s better to be safe and take all the necessary precautions than find the one nut job on the site. The rigorous screening processes of some of the more in depth match making or dating services has a tendency to rule out some of the more questionable characters but vigilance is still highly recommended.
2) Meet in a public place for the first several dates. There’s no reason to let him know where you live until you’ve met several times and are comfortable giving out your address. If he’s really a man worth dating he’ll have no trouble with your efforts at caution and might even suggest them himself until you’re both comfortable that you are who you say you are. Remember he may be nervous too so this is as much for his benefit as it is for your own.
3) Plan safe calls at various intervals throughout the evening where you call a trusted friend to let him/her know you’re safe. You should also make plans for a friend to call you at some point during the evening as well. Have someone on the other end of those calls that knows where you’re going to be, who you’re going to be with, and when you should be where during your date. This will give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy your date and if things go horribly wrong you can use the phone call to you as an excuse to bail out.
4) Try to let your hair down and have a little fun. It’s terribly difficult, I know but that’s what a date is supposed to be about after all. Make sure you try to have a good time and you might find that you don’t need to try as much as you’d imagined you would.