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Dating Safety Tips
10 safety tips for your next date
By Trish McDermott
Match.com has some of the most experienced dating advisors we've ever seen, so when we wanted to tell you the best dating tips out there, there was really no other choice but to ask their experts for advice. They have kindly given us some first class dating tips to educate our web site visitors.
Whether you decide to correspond online or meet members offline, please use sound judgment and be responsible for your conduct. In both the virtual and real worlds, common sense is your best safety tool.
When corresponding with another match.com member, turn off your email signature file. Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
Take all the time you need to test for a trustworthy person and pay careful attention along the way. If you suspect someone is lying, he or she probably is, so act accordingly. Be responsible about romance, and don’t fall in love at the click of a mouse.
Don’t become prematurely intimate with someone, even if that intimacy only occurs online. If you mutually decide to cross the point of no return, be smart and protect yourself. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide some of the most current information available about sexually transmitted diseases and preserving your health.
If all you hear are excuses about why you can't see a photo, consider that he or she has something to hide. Since uk.match.com offers free scanning services to its members, there’s no reason someone shouldn’t be able to provide you a photo.
Try a cell phone number instead or use local telephone blocking techniques to prevent your phone number from appearing in Caller ID. Only furnish your phone number when you feel completely comfortable.
And even if you decide to arrange a meeting, you always have the right to change your mind. It’s possible that your decision to keep the relationship at the anonymous level is based on a hunch that you can’t logically explain. Trust yourself. Go with your instincts.
You should be concerned if your date exhibits
any of the following behavior without providing an acceptable explanation:
Meet in a safe place
Provide your own transportation, meet in a public place at a time with many people around, and when the date is over, leave on your own as well. A familiar restaurant or coffee shop, at a time when a lot of other people will be present, is often a fine choice.
If you decide to move to another location, take your own car. When the timing is appropriate, thank your date for getting together and say goodbye.
Call your date from the hotel or meet at the location you have already agreed to. If the location seems inappropriate or unsafe, go back to your hotel. Try to contact your date at that location or leave a message on a home machine.
Always make sure a friend or family member knows your plans and has your contact information. And if possible, carry a cell phone at all times.
If you feel you are in danger, call the police; it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Never worry or feel embarrassed about your behavior; your safety is much more important than one person’s opinion of you.
Now it's time for safety-conscious you to use
a quick search to find a quality date!
Match.com offers a fun and secure environment to meet other quality singles.
It’s also a great place to build loving and trusting friendships
that can lead to lasting, offline relationships.
About the author
Trish McDermott is the Vice President of Romance
for Match.com. She calls on more than a decade of dating and relationship
industry experience in giving help and advice to singles. In other words,
this lady knows her stuff!
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