How to be cautious when meeting online

How to be cautious when meeting online
Dating is, and should be, fun. However, when online dating you have to take precautions to protect yourself.

We are not just talking about adults preying on minors; we are also talking about married people representing themselves as single, people looking for a quick hook-up and not a long-term relationship, as well as scammers trying to use online relationships for financial gain.

The following are pieces of advice that we at AmorDating highly recommend you follow to ensure you have a happy and safe environment in which to develop your friendships and relationships.
Reveal personal information with timeWe get it here at DateMig. When you meet a new person, especially one you want to have a personal relationship with, you want to know everything about them. You also want them to know everything about you like your quirky habits and the TV shows you love. Or, you may even want to talk about that annoying co-worker. However, we would advise you to hold off on going into too much detail too fast.

"Do not communicate with anyone who pressures you for personal information or attempts to get you to reveal it."

Your profile should be enough to start with. After you start getting to know your match, you can, of course, talk about whatever you want, but we would advise that you steer clear of certain topics. For instance, any personal information (your address, phone number, your university/workplace) should remain personal, and you should not share this information with your match until you have gotten to know them really well and have an established relationship.

Do not communicate with anyone who pressures you for personal information or attempts to get you to reveal it.

Get to know a person before meeting themAlthough you may feel that you have found a great friend with DateMig, or even your future boyfriend/girlfriend, you should only meet in person when you are ready. You are not obligated to meet anyone in person, no matter what level of online intimacy you share. Wait until you feel comfortable, have enough information about each other and you both wish to meet in person.

Notify a friend or a family memberWhen deciding to meet your online match in person, it’s always best to let someone know about your upcoming meeting. Tell a friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.

Bring a friend with youHaving a friend with you can help you to calm those nerves about finally meeting your online match. It’s also good to have a friend around if you are headed to a large gathering where you won’t know anyone. This way, you can keep an eye on each other or, if the date doesn’t go well, your friend can keep you company.
If you are meeting your online match in a more intimate setting (a one-on-one date), you can still ask your friend/friends to go with you but they can sit at a different table. That way, you can relax, talk and focus on your date, but you will still have friends nearby.
Meet in a safe and public placeA nice, romantic, home-cooked meal sounds great, but save that for later. Your first face-to-face date should be informal, relaxed and in a public place. Meeting for coffee or a light meal is great. Going to a movie is fun, but it’s better to choose somewhere where you can talk and get to know each other further.
Drink in moderationIf you choose to go to a bar on your first date, be careful how much you drink as this could impair your ability to make good decisions. Never leave your drink or food unattended. As you are just getting to know your date, it’s better to not consume alcohol or to consume it only in small amounts.

"As long as you are both relaxed, comfortable and feel safe, your date will go great!"

Your date may not be comfortable drinking on a first date, and you should respect their decision and offer to drink non-alcoholic beverages. You have a ton of options to choose from: tea, juice, frappuccinos, cappuccinos, moccas, lattes…whatever your heart desires. As long as you are both relaxed, comfortable and feel safe, your date will go great!
Be careful and pay attentionBe responsible when meeting new people. Pay attention to what your match is writing/telling you. If you think that your match is not being truthful, stop contact. It is important that you feel safe and secure. If your match is avoiding answering direct questions about their age or marital status, you have every right to stop communication.

Love and relationships are wonderful, but be careful and don’t let romance cloud your judgement. Trust your intuition. Don’t become intimate with someone too soon. If you mutually decide to go that route in person, be smart and protect yourself.  
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