The Basics of Online Dating
Sad as it is to accept, the internet is filled with just about every sort of predator that can be conceived, and some that go beyond even that. There are some that feel that no one on the internet ever presents themselves as they really are, and this has scared many, and given online dating a rather bad reputation.
Everyone who spends anytime in the online chat world has heard stories that curl their toes. Lost among these horror tales, however, are those ever increasing numbers of couples who have found that online dating not only can be a very safe and satisfying form of dating, but also can lead to finding that “perfect” partner. The reason for this is easy to understand. When you seek a dating partner online you have the entire world, and literally millions of potential dates at your disposal. There are no limits set by geography; the globe becomes your own personal singles bar.
So, the answer for navigating through the dangers to take advantage of the perks is caution and common sense. Online dating is no place for the naïve and trusting. Safety precautions that would appear paranoid and extreme with a dating partner you met at your local Church social need to be the norm for any online date. You need to have a rather extensive list of red flags. One of the most important red flags is the reluctance of the potential date to respect your caution. You can be sure that anyone you meet online who shows a reluctance to take routine safety precautions has something to hide or an entirely different agenda.
There are now several online dating services that prescreen people for you, and this certainly helps, but do not get lulled in foolishness by them. Even prescreened people that are perfectly compatible according to “Perfect date every single time dot com” might turn out to be quite a bit different when they plop down in the chair across from you in the coffee shop.
The fantasy come true. A large party with a million single people is going on right behind your computer screen. They come in all sizes and shapes. They are older and mature, and they are young and wild. They live close by, or they live on the other side of the globe. They are all dying to meet you, and willing to date. Do not let the land mines stop you from taking advantage of this fantasy, but make sure you don’t step on one either.
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 – where you can find fun date ideas and romantic date ideas.