Online dating can be a convenient and fun way to meet that special someone. For anyone who is short on time but who is looking for friendship, love or even marriage, the option to search for that special someone while in the privacy of your home, or the convenience of your office can be an attractive option. For most people, the online search begins by deciding what you are looking for in someone and then narrowing down your choices once you have located a number of potential matches. After that, you may spend time communicating over the internet or even over the telephone. For some people, this “getting to know you” phase lasts weeks, or even months, while for others it may only last a few days before moving on to the next step -- a face to face meeting. If all has gone well up to this point, meeting in person is the natural next step; however, there are safety concerns that go along with meeting someone in person for the first time.
While many long lasting relationships and marriages have started through online dating, there are still some practical safety tips that you should follow when meeting for the first time. Some of these tips apply equally to any first date; however, many are specific to a first time date that stems from meeting someone online.
If you have been fortunate enough to find someone that is located relatively close to where you live or work, then you have fewer safety concerns for your first meeting. Consider the following tips when planning your first meeting:
One of the biggest draws to online dating is the ability to meet people who you would not otherwise meet simply because they do not live near you. At the same time, a long-distance meeting can pose additional safety concerns. If you think you have met someone worth traveling to meet in person, be sure to follow the “Meeting Locally” tips as well as the following additional safety tips:
Sometimes, online dating leads to a match with someone living abroad. Connecting with someone from a foreign country can be very romantic and the idea of traveling to meet them can sound like the adventure of a lifetime. Clearly, this is a big step and comes with considerably more safety concerns.
Leigia R. is a writer that contributes to Cupid's Arrow which offers love advice for all those in search of their potential partner.