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Dating safely online

india Updated: Mar 16, 2010 00:58 IST

LaptopDating online is an interesting way to socialise without bothering about what to wear or where to take your date. However, it also has its own set of problems as you do not know who is on the other end of the line. Here are some tips that will help you date online safely.

Pseudonyms help

When you log on to your social networking/dating site make sure that you do not enter any personal information. Use a pseudonym to remain completely safe.

Once you are confident that the person you are interacting with is genuine, then you may go ahead and share your real information. Sharing your real name will only help people trace your whereabouts.

The person on the other end of the line doesn’t always happen to be who he/she claims to be. The only way you can ensure that the person is genuine is by meeting him/her.

Meet in public place

When you put forth the idea of a date, make sure that you pick a public place. Also judge his/her reaction to the same. If there’s an evident readiness to meet then the person is most probably genuine.

Do not reveal any personal information like your residential address and your full name as it could encourage the person to stalk you if the date doesn’t go well.

Giving your cellphone number should serve the purpose. Avoid giving residential number. When you call the person, see if the sounds you hear match the surroundings that he/she has described to you. It’s one way of spotting a fraud.

Use dating sites wisely

Avoid getting hooked on to online dating sites. People log on to these sites with a search for a partner. Later on, this can develop into a habit or addiction that could cause problems in personal relationships.

Keep conversations limited to chats and emails. After a week or two, you can exchange numbers.

Meet the person much later, when you’re sure that you aren’t dealing with a fraud.