Rules of internet dating safety
Pay attention to how he/she makes you feel, what they say, how they treat waiters/waitresses, how they speak about their friends, etc.
If you notice even YELLOW flags, pay attention and don't make excuses for them. Decide how you want to be treated, what you're willing and want to do on your first and future dates. Don't say you like hiking if you've never gone or haven't hiked in 20 years.
You may be thinking, "duh," but sometimes profile names are hard to think of and you may feel like it's easier to just use your name. What if someone interested in you is a little bit on the creepy side, or there's someone you've had to block from contacting you.
Do you really want them to have your name, the kind of work you do, and the area you live in (usually mandatory in your profile) to make it easier for them to find you? Set a limit on how long you'll stick to online communication.
So, before you click "Flirt," "Like," "Favorite," or IM your next prospective match, here are some suggestions:1.
Don't use your real name (or anything that gives away your identity).
I personally know several people who have met and married from meeting online. This way, you can keep your phone number (and personal information people can find with it) anonymous until YOU'RE ready to share more.5.