The advantages the internet brings are endless. With regards to online dating you have access to an amazing amount of people you would never have had before.
You have the opportunity to meet and date people from different parts of the world with the international dating websites or from anywhere in the UK with the UK dating sites.
With this new era of online dating technology you can build relationships with people from different cultures, races and religions, all contributing to the diverse and exciting world of online dating.
This also means that with the world of online dating you may meet potential partners who aren't so honest and upfront so caution should be taken when you meet new people and it is also important that you follow our safety advice. There are unfortunately some users who’s motivations to meet people are not love.
As a result of these libertines when using an online dating service some words of advice are required.
Here are some safety tips for online dating!
1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR ANONYMITY
Online dating sites work using an anonymous email and chat system where none of your personal information is available to other members. Take advantage of this and take your time getting to know people and develop a trusting relationship.
2. BE CAUTIOUS
Don't always believe what you hear. Some people take advantage of those looking for love and/or friendships by befriending people and trying to scam them. These scams range from trying to gain money to acquiring visas to the country. Be cautious of members whose profiles state they are from one country but the person tells you they are from another.
At the moment there are scamming profiles active from Russia and Africa however they are not restricted to these countries, so be cautious when something seems too good to be true!
3. USE YOUR INSTINCT AND COMMON SENSE
Listen to your gut instinct when talking to other online dating members. If something does not feel right about that person stop communicating with them, there are thousands more genuine people using online dating. The anonymity of the internet can be taken advantage of and people can easily lie about who they are.
Look out for inconsistencies in information that you are being told and look out for any odd behavior. Ask pro-active questions and get to know as much as you can about that person, ask for more photos. Use this time to get as much information as possible and get a sense of the member's personality on the online dating site.
4. USE THE "SEE ME, HEAR ME, MEET ME" TECHNOLOGY
The video and audio dating technology you will see on some websites such as MyUKDate, are perfect to clear up any concerns about a person's appearance, manner and tone. Use these tools to become more interactive with members, use them to have a virtual date! It will become easier to see if there is a physical spark between one another with no risk to your safety as it can all still be done anonymously.
Use these innovative online dating communication tools in stages if you wish by first of all dating via SMS text messaging and then using only audio to have an online phone call without having to give out your phone number. When you are then comfortable you can meet up.
5. BE SAFE WHEN YOU MEET
If you decide to meet in person after first using online dating, then do so in a public place and tell someone where you are going. Use your initiative and caution on a first date. Keep your alcohol consumption low and keep your wits about you. If you plan to meet in an unknown area do your own research and arrange your own travel and accommodation. If you feel uncomfortable at any point make sure you have a back up plan to use.
Keep your personal information private for as long as possible, take time to get to know someone and use caution. You wouldn't tell a stranger in a bar your home address or bank information so why do it through an online dating site? Only disclose information, talk or meet with someone when YOU feel comfortable.
The key to any dating is to use caution and your common sense when you initially meet someone.
6. HAVE FUN ON YOUR FIRST DATE
Please don't let this put you off. As long as you date safe and read and follow our online dating safety there is nothing stopping you from having fun and finding the man or lady of your dreams!
For further dating advice see Dating Advice for Men or Dating Advice for Women
Good Luck and Happy Dating!