UK investigative website The Private Detective has released a report stating that online dating sites are expected to be worth over $240 million by 2014, equivalent to 150 million British pounds. What this basically means is that a LOT of people are using online dating sites both nationwide and worldwide. The more people involved, the more possibility that questionable psychopaths are participating. The report stresses the importance of conducting background checks when you are considering meeting an online friend for the first time.
With that in mind, BestBackgroundChecks is revisiting the all-important online dating safety checklist…
- Be prepared to work. Being too anxious or desperate puts you in a vulnerable position. As The S.O.S. Band once said, “take your time, do it right.” Don’t rush into a one-on-one meeting or date. You have time and there are a lot of those proverbial “fish in the sea.”
- Look at your potential date’s profile thoroughly before you meet. Be aware of red flags like sketchy information and radical proclamations.
- Outline your first conversation ahead of time. Now don’t go overboard with this and be ready to deviate from it if the chemistry is there. Sometimes two people don’t start out being able to talk forever, so this will help you be able to lead the conversation if your date is a bit shy or quiet.
- Meet in a public place and drive your own car. This goes back to point number one…there’s no rush for your date to pick you up and you shouldn’t let them do so until you’ve had a few dates and you feel comfortable and safe.
- Let at least two friends know what you’re doing and who you will be meeting. This is a safeguard in case anything goes wrong. Have at least one of them call you on your cell phone while you’re out to check in on you.
- Be yourself. Hey, you’re under a microscope, too! Be yourself and let your personality shine. Just because one person might not want another date doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong. They’re just not the right match. Be patient:)