How to Avoid Online Dating Danger

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Dating online has become so common that it’s easy to forget that it can sometimes be dangerous. That’s because you really can’t learn much about someone from an online profile. Sure, you might be able to read all about their job, hobbies, and favorite books, but in reality it’s really easy to lie online. Plus, how do you know that the person you’re talking to-and potentially going to meet-is trustworthy just because they like to go for walks and listen to the same type of music as you?

Talking to someone online also removes an important safety check for many women: intuition. Have you ever had the experience of meeting someone for the first time and immediately getting a bad vibe? Maybe you couldn’t explain why, but you just felt a bad energy. Or, maybe you met a man and realized that there was something about the tone of his voice that you didn’t like. Did you suspect that he was a liar because you noticed that it took him way too long to answer simple questions about himself? In each case, your intuition may have been telling you that something was off. It’s much harder to get a read on a man using your intuition when all you have is their profile and a few email paragraphs.

That said, dating online can be a great tool. There are a lot of good men on dating sites, and many successful couples meet online these days.

So if you choose to date online, how do you stay safe?

  1. Don’t put too much personal information in your profile or emails. Remember that when you make a dating site profile, it is essentially public. So, be careful what type of information you put on there. Don’t include any contact information that could be used to track you down. If you say something about your profession, keep it general instead of writing out the name of the office where you work. Otherwise, you never know what kind of guy could show up! These same rules apply to the emails and messages that you send to men online.

Tune in this Thursday for “Want to Know How to Make Online Dating Easy?” next Tuesday for “5 Secrets You Should Know about Online Dating,” and next Thursday for “What You Need to Know About How Online Dating Sites Can Hurt You.”

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Originally published at on August 16, 2016.

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