It might even be advisable to follow these general guidelines: Set up an anonymous email account from a widely used email service ([email protected] already taken) NEVER give out your home phone, address or your personal email address, unless you absolutely trust the recipient.Drive yourself to the date (your date doesn’t need to know where you live), keep an eye on your drink/food (…), pay half of the bill (you don’t need your date having expectations of repayment) Of course there are plenty more do’s and do not’s of online dating but I guess the most important thing here is to use your common sense. You don’t necessarily have to develop a ‘trust no-one and sleep with 1 eye open’ approach to online dating, but it is probably worthwhile having a healthy degree of skepticism in general.Most people meet their significant others through their social circles or work/school functions. In the search for a potential date, more and more people are switching to less traditional methods. With the rise and rise of apps like Tinder (and the various copycat models) who could blame them.If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.
Browsing profiles isn’t nearly as time-consuming (or daunting) as mixing with people in a social context.More than 40% of men indicated that they did this, but the tactic was also employed by nearly a third of women.While dishonesty was slightly less prevalent among the British sample, 44% did admit to lying in their online profile.Online dating does represent the convenience of being able to meet others that you possibly never would have otherwise, but women should be aware that they probably will receive rude/disgusting messages from horny guys, sexual propositions/requests, dick-pics, and a lot of creepy vibes.Let’s be honest, the internet is really just a super elaborate and sophisticated farce designed to distract you from having your pockets picked by greasy conmen in cheap suits, right?