Internet dating warnings

But there are pitfalls unique to the medium. Conducting e-relationships can be tricky because, as Bridget found out, email often allows people to become too casual too fast.

Fein and Schneider advise that "less is more" when writing a personal ad, email or instant message. Too many intense feelings can scare men and women away.

And online dating can make it more difficult to weed out the "undesirables. Fantasy men typically chat up a storm and never ask the woman out. Most online dating services ask participants to fill out long questionnaires about themselves. A man may indicate that his favorite movie is When Harry Met Sally and he loves romantic walks on the beach.

This will certainly attract women. But, in reality, most men would choose to watch basketball on TV over the beach walk, and Dirty Harry is a more likely contender in the "Favorite Movie" category. Make Sure to Delete Mr. Ask a man for a photo.

Of course, if he has too many photos with his ad, that can be equally problematic. You may think that you know the person because you have been corresponding via email, but remember to use common sense. Most online dating services use a "double blind" system that protects your identity. Be sure not to include your last name, address, place of work, phone number or any other identifying information when corresponding online.

Appearance can help you determine whether the person is someone you want to correspond with. Speak on the phone. While the Rules Girls advise women not to push the "relationship" from email to phone let the man call you! If you decide to speak with someone on the phone, give your cell phone number or ask the person for his number.

Meet in a public place. If you decide to meet, choose a safe place, such as a restaurant during a busy time. Never arrange for someone to pick you up at your home or office.

Take your own transportation. When the date is over, do not allow the person to follow you. Watch for warning signs. If a person displays anger, tries to pressure you, gives inconsistent information about himself even age! If you feel uncertain about someone, get offline. If you feel unsafe, call the police.

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