Online dating is becoming more and more normal. People start to understand that you don’t have to be desperate to try and find a partner via the internet. You might not have the time to meet new people or want to expand your search. And did you know there are also dating sites with a particular target group in mind? Asian Singles Solutions is an example of such a dating site. But before you create a profile, we want to give you some advice for online dating. This advice might help you to keep yourself safe.
On the Dating Site
Staying safe should start when you are creating your profile. Don’t make the mistake of entering your real name. It’s normal to create an alias or profile name that doesn’t link to your real name. You don’t have to revert to a false name; you can also use a pet name or other name that describes who you are. Keep your real name to yourself until someone seems genuinely interested in you and only reveal it when you feel comfortable doing so. Also, never enter your (email) address or any other personal details on your profile page. You never know when someone is not as trustworthy as they claim to be. Their intentions might differ from yours. Focus on your character traits, interests and hobbies to show who you are but don’t provide information that can endanger you.
Many dating websites offer some kind of online chat function that you can use to communicate with other members of the website. We advise you to use this function instead of email or other, more personal, communication which requires the other to have some of your personal details. Never provide your email address, phone number or, even worse, bank account via this online chat function. Don’t send money to anyone you’ve never seen before no matter how sad the story behind it is. You would not be the first to be cheated by a false profile and some fake tears. And we probably don’t have to emphasise that sending pictures of yourself (naked or otherwise) is not the wisest thing to do if you don’t want it to end up on the internet?
Safety During the Date
So, you met someone you like and, according to the chat, he or she seems to like you to. The natural next step is to meet in person. Everything seems fine, but there are still some things you need to think of. Remember that you still have to see what he or she is really like. Therefore, we cannot stress it enough: meet in a public place and not in your date’s home. A dinner date or lunch date might be cliché, but there is a reason for that: meeting amongst other people is safe! Arrange your own transportation so you won’t have to rely on your date to bring you home. And always tell a friend or family member where you are and that you will call when you get home safely.