What You Should Know About Dating Safely
If you are planning to date the boy next door, the one you grew up next to and went through grade school with, then obviously fewer precautions are in order. When the potential date isnít quite that well known, then certain standard things can be done to insure safety.
One of the most important precautions is that someone should know where you are going, and with whom you are going. A friend or a roommate, or for younger daters, even a parent can easily fill this role. This is really important when it is a blind date, or a date made over the internet. If a potential date is not willing to properly identify themselves, and even provide proof, it is a safe bet that they have something to hide.
Here is an example that would be a good idea in the case of an internet arranged date. Both parties could meet at the local Police Station and present ID cards, and let the Officer on duty know they are planning to go on a date that evening. Sound extreme? I doubt anyone planning to chop you up with an axe and hide your body in a dumpster would want to make the investigation that easy for CSI. Of course, you can be guided by your own instincts to some degree, but make sure you donít turn up missing, and no one has any idea where you were or who you were with.
Even in those cases where you are dating someone that you do know casually, or perhaps have already dated in the past, there are some things that can be done to make the experience a bit safer. If you are expecting the other party to pay for everything, still make sure you bring enough money to get home safely. Never let yourself get into a position where you are depending on a person who has lost control of themselves to take care of you.
In the end, dating safety is no different than any other form of safety. A bit of common sense, a dash of caution, and a cup of thinking ahead will provide the recipe for a safe and enjoyable date every time. So go out and enjoy yourself, safely.
About the Author: Ron Zvagelsky has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2006. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PlanJam Ė where you can find fun date ideas and romantic date ideas.