How to do online dating safely

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Research suggests that these concerns are warranted: According to a report by international anti-virus firm, Kaspersky, as many as 1 in 3 people are dating online, approximately 57% of online daters have admitted to being dishonest and about 55% have experienced some sort of threat or problem while dating online.

Image: Pexels “Online dating sites have revolutionised the world of dating.

I definitely don’t advocate dishonesty here—if you hate sci-fi and her profile doesn’t reveal any other common ground with you, simply move on.

You’re better off approaching another woman who does share your enthusiasm for surfing or Italian food or country music.

Speaking to someone gives you a better idea of who they are. The first reason is that you don’t want someone who is essentially a stranger to know where you live. This ensures that there are other people around should you feel uncomfortable or require help. Tell a friend or family member where you’re meeting.

Men: Look for similarities Many men make the mistake of writing to a woman they’ve seen on an online dating site, solely on the basis of her photo and geographic proximity.

A lot of my single friends moan to me about how hard it is to date online.

I can’t help but notice, though, that I hear very different complaints from men than from women (at least the straight ones—my gay friends are another matter).

Remember, there’s no such thing as an abstract “perfect woman.” But there is a woman who may be perfect for you (either long-term or short-term).

The secret to finding that perfection is by emphasizing similar beliefs and interests.

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