The internet has made a lot of things possible. There are ways of doing everything online, including dating, which is experiencing a lot of boost today because a lot of people are registering to use the services of the many dating sites available.
People are even willing to pay so that they can enjoy more credible services.
Anonymity is the risk
However, there is a risk associated with online dating. This risk is linked to the anonymity associated with online dating. This is because the usual methods of assessing a person in regular dating, by observing them closely and looking at body language, are missing in online dating.
It is therefore the opportunity for people to pretend to be what they are not. For example a married person could pretend to be single.
This does not mean that online dating is an all risky affair. It could be really fun if certain precautions are taken. Here are a few things to take into account when involved in online dating.
When the people you are involved with are not giving much information about themselves, know that they might be lying about something. What people do lie about mostly is their civil status.
A research by MSNBC reveals that about 30% of those who use dating sites do not say the truth about their age and civil status. Some of the signs for this are when people are refusing to give their second names and family details when you have opened up to them.
Don’t give your email just after your first talk. The online dating market is a goldmine so there are lots of tricks from online dating sites to expand their network and increase their profits. If you give your email at first instance, you wake up the next morning with your inbox bursting with online dating spam.
There could be online stalkers. Telling lies about one’s age is something you can find out when you meet a person face to face. But online stalkers are difficult to get. When people refuse to meet with you at public places or in company of others, know that there might be something fishy.
There is also the risk of falling into money scams. Don’t entertain those who ask money from you. There are many such cons online.