Granny’s advice for successful dating

The person you contact with may not be who or what he or she says. Trust your instincts! When corresponding with someone, use e-mail system instead of your regular e-mail address! Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal information. Do not believe the person you communicating with that asks you to send her/him some money. Don’t fall in love at the click of a mouse! Don’t become prematurely intimate with someone: take all the time you need to test for a trustworthy person and pay careful attention along the way. If you suspect someone is lying, he or she probably is, so act accordingly.

Nothing is 100% reliable, just remember to use your head as well as your heart. Get as much info as possible by asking questions and using common sense. Ask a photo to get a good idea of the person’s appearance. It’s best to view several images of someone in various settings: casual, formal, indoor and outdoors. If all you hear excuses about why you can’t see a photo, consider that he or she has something to hide. Try to talk to her/him: a phone call can reveal much about a person’s communication and social skills. But remember: do not reveal your personal phone number to a stranger and use a cellular phone.

The beauty of meeting and relating online is that you can collect information gradually, later choosing whether to pursue the relationship in the offline world. You never are obligated to meet anyone, regardless of your level on online intimacy. If choose to meet offline, always tell a friend where you are going and when you will return! Never arrange for your date to pick you up at home. Provide your own transportation, meet in a public place at a time with many people around. If you are flying in from another city, arrange for your own car and hotel room. Do not disclose the name of your hotel and never allow your date to make the arrangements for you! Call your date from the hotel or meet at the location you have already agreed to. If the location seems inappropriate or unsafe, go back to your hotel. Always make sure a friend or family member knows your plans and has your contact information. If possible, always carry a cell phone.

Never do anything you feel unsure about.If you feel you are in danger, call the police: it’s always better to be safe than sorry!! Never worry or feel embarrassed about your behavior; your safety is much more important than one person’s opinion of you. While liars, cheaters and imposters certainly ply their craft on the Web, you’ll also find them in nightclubs and offline dating services, cocktail parties or even sitting across from you at your local cafe. Regardless of where you meet someone, dating is never a risk-free activity, but a little caution will reduce your risk in matters of the heart.

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