Long gone are the days where phone calls and sending letters was the norm for dating; nowadays, it is just as easy to start a relationship with someone halfway around the world than it is with our next-door neighbour. However, no matter how far technology comes, there will always be etiquette and certain rules that have to be respected in the dating world. For this reason, we have compiled some of the most important things to remember when dating.
Do Your Research - Although you cannot talk to close friends to gauge a personality when you meet people online, that doesn't mean that you can’t do any research whatsoever. If you can see their social media accounts, this is always a good place to start. If this isn't an option, ask who they have met up with previously and see if you can contact them in some way. Although this may seem extreme, it will prevent meeting up with a ‘psycho’, or kid telling stories about sexual performance or other pervert - and nothing will be lost or gained if it doesn't work out.
Establish Trust - With the advancements in technology in recent years, online dating sites are becoming bigger than ever and are now more accessible thanks to the various ‘apps’. Although this means that relationships can begin quickly, you should still take your time and not feel pressured into moving fast. If you don't feel comfortable with something or someone, leave it and look for someone you can trust before meeting up.
Be Safe - If you decide to be brave and meet up with someone, be sure to choose a busy place like a restaurant or cafe just in case. Although everything will normally be fine, you can never be too safe. If it makes you feel more comfortable, bring a friend along. Also, whether you launch into a relationship or keep things casual, always carry protection!
Pre-Meet - Sometimes, meeting up with someone you have never met and have just spoken to online can be a bit daunting and the various news stories show what can happen. If it makes you feel more comfortable, why not meet them before you meet them? With today’s technology, there is not really any excuse not to speak to them via Skype or webcam chat as all laptops and computers have them; even mobile phones allow video calls. If they reject this request, you can reject actually meeting up with them. Seeing them in person, even over webcam, can ease any suspicions you may have.
Here are four simple dating tips that are needed in today’s world because sadly, some people do not follow them and it can end badly. At the end of the day, it is all about your comfort so if you don’t feel ready or you don’t trust the other person just yet, don’t rush into it. Internet dating is a gift so why not have a little fun getting to know each other properly; this way, you will almost certainly have a better time when it comes to meeting up for real!