Can You Really Find Love Online? A Few Tips For Success

When you're looking for love, you should leave no stone unturned. There was a time when-- unless you were really lucky-- you pretty much had no choice but to look for a guy locally. Now, you have the entire world literally at your fingertips. If Mr. Right is out there somewhere, he probably has a Facebook page, or at least an E-mail address he checks daily.

Are there risks to internet dating? Sure... but then there are risks going out with a stranger you just met at a bar or grocery store too, aren't there? So why rule out someone on the internet any more than you'd rule out a stranger on the street?

Play it Safe

The first step to looking for love on the internet is to take your personal safety into account. You don’t want to just dole out your phone number or address to faceless strangers. You also don’t want to go running off in the middle of the night to drive across the state to meet someone with a hot picture.

If you’re going to date on the internet, take it slow so you can really feel out who is on the other end. Withhold personal information in the beginning. If and when you feel totally comfortable you want to meet, find neutral territory and do it in broad daylight in a busy area.

Play it Smart

There’s no reason you shouldn’t check up on someone on the internet. That doesn’t mean hacking into his private files, but there’s nothing wrong with Googling his name or checking any information he gives you to see if it’s on the level. If you’re unsure, have a friend post a comment on his website and maybe strike up a chat to see if he tells her the same thing. Your friend doesn’t have to bait him or be suggestive— but if he’s giving her an entirely different story, you know he’s only telling people what they want to hear.

Meet through Friends

The same way your friend might hook you up on a blind date, your friend might link you up with someone he knows on the internet. If your friend has been talking to a person in a chat room or sharing the same forum for a couple of years, chances are this person is not an internet predator.

With a little caution, the internet can open doors for you that otherwise would not exist.

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