In today’s busy world of working more than 9 – 5, suffering long daily commutes to and from work, and trying to squeeze a social life in there somewhere, many have taken to online dating. I personally think it’s a great way to meet people and see it as nothing but another avenue by which to extend your dating fishing line.
However, one must be wise if they should decide to take this avenue. Here are a few tips that I believe will help you to protect your privacy and allow yourself to be selective in whom you chose to have contact with:
- Do not put our name or nick-name in your screen name – this may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised at how many people actually do this.
- Don’t put your contact information in your profile – not your phone number, e-mail, work e-mail (not that you should be doing that anyway), or any other personal contact information. If a person wants to contact you, they should pursue the avenues available through the online dating service.
- Use photos that are not in use on your personal social media pages – photos used on your dating website profile should not be the same as those used on your facebook, twitter, linked in, or other social media websites. Why? People can do a google image search and find out more about you than you may wish them to know by your using the same pictures.
- Use photos that portray you how you want to initially be seen and treated – Ladies, if you’re sticking your boobs out for the world to see, don’t be surprised if men are only contacting you to “hook-up”.
- Pick flattering photos – usually, these are not photos you take of yourself.
- Don’t choose photos with someone in them besides yourself
- Don’t EVER post photos of your children – this should go without saying but again, you would be surprised how many people plaster photos of them with their children on dating sites. Yes, your children should be your main priority and together, you are a package deal. However, should you begin do date someone and become serious, there will be a time and place for them to meet and get to know your children. A dating website is NOT the time or place.
- Don’t post ANY information about your children – That you have children and how many would be all that I share. I don’t even share whether they are male or female. Again, there will be a time and place for the sharing of this information if the relationship should progress in a serious direction, but a dating site where anyone and everyone has access to this information is neither the time nor the place.
- Trust your instincts – if someone gives you the creeps, ignore them. My philosophy, “Better safe than sorry. Or in this day and age, ‘Better safe than a corpse.’”
Online dating can be wonderful experience or a taxing vexation of seemingly pointless diatribe. Either way, one thing it should not be is an opportunity for a predator.