Consider the risks Bear in mind that there’s a limit to an online dating service’s ability to do background checks or verify someone’s identity.They can’t, for instance, do criminal records checks on every user.And it's not hard to understand why – it’s an instantaneous, low-effort way to flirt and meet new people and we probably all know someone who met a partner online.
“For some reason which escapes me now I put up relatively revealing pictures and an online handle (' Clare wants to play' - CRINGE!!
) on one profile that weren't exactly designed to elicit a particularly mature response.
With hindsight, I’d say - try to have a conversation, get a feel for who they are, what their interests are, what they do for a living.” Anna Apply a filter Would you say the same things with someone face-to-face? Picture sharing Whether its your profile pictures or those sent to individuals you’re chatting to, think before you share.
Sharing naked or provocative images can attract attention that you may not be looking for and could lead to risky situations that are beyond your control.
Never meet at their house or invite them to yours and make sure it’s a place where there are lots of people around and ideally - where you have phone signal.
It is also a good idea to meet somewhere that you know well and are familiar with so you know how to get home.
“My advice would be to not accept a date with someone straight after making contact.
I remember meeting someone on a dating site who asked me on a date straight after we matched.
Maybe they won’t tell you much about themselves but ask you a ton of questions, or perhaps they’ve declared their undying love you before you’ve even met.
If it feels weird, chances are something’s not what it seems.
At the time I thought 'why not, what's the point in chatting for hours or even days, why waste time'.