Online dating pros share safety tips, facts


Fate and destiny sometimes need a little nudge, especially when it comes to romance. With more than 49 percent of the U.S. population single, online and mobile dating sites have become major players in the matchmaking world.

Most online sites use personality tests to weed out those who don’t stand a chance of being together, with niche sites such as ChristianMingle, DateMyPet, CougarLife and VeggieDate matching people with special interests.

Mobile apps use nothing but GPS coordinates to identify partners more interested in proximity than potential for long-term romance.

Experienced online daters offer the following tips for the world of online dating:

– Be careful about what you share at first. Only mention your employer, residence or last name once you’ve met and established trust.

– Don’t spend much time building a relationship through emails and phone calls. There’s no substitute for face-to-face conversation.

– Post a current photo with your online profile. Be real and avoid disappointment. Show yourself as you are today, not as you were 10 years ago.

– Meet in a well-lit public place where other people are likely to be around. Never meet in a private home or office.

– Don’t commit to dinner or even lunch for a first meeting. Coffee or a cocktail offers a quick exit if the chemistry isn’t right.

– Trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, listen to your instincts.



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