Whether it is your first or 51st time dating, you have got to be careful about the circumstances around you. Gone are the days where one would only start dating the guy or girl looking cute in the bar, or a work mate. These days, more and more singles are using online dating websites to find a mate.
Now even though you are an adult and are aware of the ways of the world, you can never be too careful. Safety comes first, and it also comes first on the priority list when you are heading back into the dating scene. A slight environment of implied trust can put you on your most vulnerable. A little bit of safety will ensure good times.
Make sure you are ready
If you are not ready to begin dating, you are not in a position to find a very healthy relationship. If you want to do so, you will need to feel considerably confident about yourself and your worth. If you feel as if you are still carrying the hurt or the anger from any previous relationship, it is best to wait it out for a while. You have to feel positive and open for the new adventures you are going to encounter. However, the slightest bit of trouble getting into the right mindset might mean you need to see a therapist.
Do the right amount of homework
All kinds of dating sites are available these days, so make sure you do put a considerable amount of time into researching what suits you best. Do you want a relationship in which you “pay to play” or any free one? I, personally think it is safer to go for the one in which you have to pay, so your partner would have to use the credit card and therefore does not remain fully anonymous.
Don’t make a stranger pick you up from home
It is not okay to have someone you just met online have any of your information at all, let alone your address. Don’t let him/ her in on your financial information, bank accounts, stock holdings, home values or paid off mortgages, credit or debit card. Especially not your address. Keep such sensitive information to yourself. Make sure you meet him at a public place for the first time, where there is at least a handful of people. Do not let him know where you live until he has proven himself.
Let someone know before you go
Before you leave for your first date, tell a trusted friend or a relative about the date. Tell them where you are going, and also the time when you will be back. Sometimes dates don’t show up, sometimes you wouldn’t want to continue the date, and maybe there could be a medical emergency. Better safe than sorry.
Don’t drink too much
You know what kind of sticky situations too much drinking can lead you into. So do not take things too far.