Here are some universal rules to follow when dating online:
1. Listen To Your Gut
If something doesn’t seem right about the person you are communicating with then this may be an indication that you should move on. Trust what your instincts are telling you.
2. Never Give Out Personal Information Too Soon
A person armed with your home phone number can find your home address without you knowing in just a few clicks. Protect this valuable information until you are certain.
3. Be The One Who Initiate Things
Usually a person trying to take advantage of you is one who communicates first with you.Thus, even if you are a female you should take the initiative to contact people that look of interest to you.
4. Set Up An Anonymous E-mail Account
When you’re ready to communicate with someone outside of the security of the online dating service you are using, you may want to consider using an anonymous email account. Be sure to change your account information to not give out your full name.
5. Avoid Private Places
When going on a first date, make sure you meet in a public place and that your friends know where you are. Consider arranging a time to check in with one of your friends. Do not make it a secret.
6. Be Thorough
If you have enough information on the person you are dating, then consider running a background check. The only reason a person should be upset at you running a background check is if that person has something to hide.
7. Learn Self Defense
On rare occasions, a female who has met up with a male via online dating has been assaulted. Know how to defend yourself. There are a ton of good reasons, even outside of online dating, to take a self-defense course.
8. Take Yourself To The Date Destination
Until you really know a person, it’s a good idea to provide or arrange your own transportation. There’s no reason the person you are dating needs to know where you live in the initial stages.
9. Be Realistic
Sometimes we get so tired of dating that we just want to be done with it, rush into the next thing: the relationship. But getting too attached too soon is often the worst thing that can happen to a budding connection.
10. Ignore Claims About Personality
Ignore most of the person’s explicit claims about his or her personality, for example, “I have a sense of humor about myself” or “I’m an optimist.” People are very unreliable self-reporters.