Sometimes hiding behind the anonymity that a computer screen provides can make people treat online dating as though it’s a game.It’s important to take it as seriously as you would any other social interaction and remember that your behaviour online can have real consequences in people’s lives.
Protect your privacy Having a separate email address for your online dating account can help to protect you from unwanted attention or matches who simply won’t take no for an answer.
Don’t feel pressured into giving out personal details like your surname, address or workplace before you’ve met someone in person and established a strong connection.
Don’t ask other people for their personal details – let them volunteer the information when they feel safe and ready to do so.
Keep it real Although you want your profile to be as attractive and enticing as possible it’s important that you don’t embellish the truth too much.
Using photographs that were taken many years ago; exaggerating your achievements; lying about your age or omitting information like the fact you have children are all white lies which will be uncovered when you meet someone face to face.
The fact you have misled them could ruin whatever chance there was for a connection between you.
Select carefully Don’t show an interest in matches who you really aren’t interested in.
Instead wait for matches who instantly make you curious to find out more.
You will then be starting communication with enthusiasm and excitement rather than half-heartedly.