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Great Tips For A Safe Online Dating Experience
by Ann Bendis

Dating can be scary no matter how or where you meet. Maybe he hasn’t shaved in five years. Perhaps, she has a reputation as the Black Widow after never being called back for a second date. Any date is a toss up. Dating is sort of how Forrest Gump described life; it’s like a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re going to get.

Because of the anonymity of online dating, it can be trickier than conventional dating. Appearances and descriptions can be misleading, and unfortunately in other cases, just downright deceiving. By following a few tips, online daters can successfully experience safe dates and avoid being a guest on one of those “disastrous internet dating” talk shows.

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Seems like everywhere we surf on the Internet nowadays we run across this little advertisement: ‘Free online personals’. They are everywhere, they are dating sites, and more are opening up shop every day.

Welcome to the newest internet gold rush. More and more people are signing up to these new and “free” dating sites. What they are really getting is a place on the web where they can post their profile and let strangers contact them. As more and more dating sites pile up on the web, more people are ending up with very distasteful experiences because of this. Why? 99% of today’s (and tomorrow’s) dating sites do not screen their members at all. This means there are sex offenders, predators, scam artists mixed in with genuine people who are looking to find a match. Dating services need to be very discretionary and much safer, until that time comes here are some important things to consider when thinking about joining a dating site.  [More >>]

Tip #1: Trust your instincts and use common sense. If this person rubs you the wrong way via email, imagine how he or she will make you feel in person. Don’t do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Tip #2: Enjoy your anonymity online. Using your dating service’s secure messaging system, you can communicate without giving out personal information until you feel comfortable. The last thing you need is your very own email stalker.

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When Lena, 52, began dating, her son, Paul, joined the same dating site. Together, mother and son set out to find love. Lenas family was concerned for her. After 30 years of marriage, she was very vulnerable. What did she know about dating or sexually transmitted diseases? Lena knew one thing: love does not have a best-before date.

Lena is one of many fiery over 50 dames with lots of life. The idea of dating put a sparkle into her eyes. After a few unproductive lets meet for coffee dates, she struck gold! Ryan, whom she met in her doctors waiting room, was everything she hoped for. A widower without children, Ryan was like a breath of fresh air. He put romance and zest into her life. They fell madly in love and lived happily ever after.  [More >>]

Tip #3: Be Realistic. Even most reality television shows don’t have happy endings these days. Just because this person sounds like the perfect fit, it doesn’t mean that you should start ordering the wedding invitations just yet. You have to read a book before you can give a real summary. This date might not be your last first date. If it doesn’t lead to a second date, move on to the next person on your list.

Tip #4: In case you’ve been stranded on a deserted island for the past thirty years and fail to realize that unfortunately there are some cruel and sick people in this world, this message needs to be heard. First Dates Should Be in Public! Never ever agree to meet at the other person’s place or to pick them up. Also, be sure and let a friend or family member know your plans for the evening. Stay alert on the first date. If you must have an alcoholic beverage, have only one and do not leave your drink unattended.

Tip #5: Try meeting during the day, perhaps on your lunch break. If the date isn’t going as planned, you have a perfect reason to cut the outing short.

Tip #6: Red Flags. As in all traffic signs, red means stop. Don’t ignore things that leap out at you about the person. These things are warning signs and include such behaviors:

a) Refuses to answer your questions directly. Is the person hiding something?

b) Makes disrespectful comments about others. How will the person describe you?

c) Inconsistent information which doesn’t match prior information from profile, chat, emails, and phone calls. Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire.

d) Avoids phone contact. Why? Marriage?

If the fates are kind, then you will only have pleasant dates as a result of your online matching, but just in case, it’s always good to be prepared.

Ann Bendis writes about online dating and relationships at http://www.singleattractions.com

 

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I have been receiving emails from my readers asking: “Is there a list of online dating services that are completely free?”

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Specialty Match Network creates Easy Link enabling webmasters to easily exchange links with all of our web properties using a single submission process.

Specialty Match Networks Easy Link system is a simple way for webmasters to promote each others websites and make their web properties more relevant to the major search engines.

Laguna Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2004–Specialty Match Network today announced their Easy Link Link Exchange system enabling webmasters to exchange links with the entire Specialty Match Network. Now webmasters interested in exchanging links with Specialty Match Network can simply fill out one submission application and their links will appear across the entire network.

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A New Resource for Online Daters – Dating Feedback Site Tracks Profile Honesty

Bugaboo Incorporated announced today the launch of a new web site that enables individuals to share feedback on people they have met through an online dating service. The site, called theDateScoop.com, is believed to be the first dedicated as a dater feedback forum and is available for viewing at http://www.thedatescoop.com.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) October 21, 2004 – Bugaboo Incorporated announced today the launch of a new web site that enables individuals to share feedback on people they have met through an online dating service. The site, called theDateScoop.com, is believed to be the first dedicated as a dater feedback forum and is available for viewing at http://www.thedatescoop.com.

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