Many singles rely on online dating websites to find a new healthy dating relationships or even marriage. With increased media attention on the dangers of online dating, some singles have become skeptical with the process. Some women have actually been attacked by their online dating match once they meet – a fear that perhaps sits at the back of the mind of someone meeting a potential love match for the first time.
Companies such as eHarmony and Match.com have both agreed to screen their singles that creates personals ads or listings on their dating sites. With increased choices in potential dating partners comes increased risk. Will these screenings help?
A Huffington Post article highlights why the companies reached the agreement with the California Attorney General. After a woman was sexually assaulted, her case reached the California courts and scared many potential online daters. With this news, the state and three major online dating sites, eHarmony, Match.com, and Spark Networks all agreed they would screen future clients from now on.
Online dating is a bit different from traditional dating in that you are never really sure the person with whom you are communicating online is the person you will meet in real life. What are some things you can keep in mind, in addition to knowing companies will screen their clients that may keep you safer in online dating? Here are a few tips:
- Be cautious in what you share online. Guard personal information as much as you can to avoid any identify theft down the road if something happens.
- Meet in a neutral location, not your home or theirs.
- Let someone know that you will meeting another online dating single – this will ensure that someone else knows where you are and is available if you need them.
- Take your time getting to know whoever you meet online. While you might be anxious to meet someone, it might prove more valuable and safer to you down the road if you take the time to really get to know them a bit more.
What are your thoughts on these online dating companies screening clients who create listings or personal ads on their online dating websites? Do you think this will create healthy dating relationships through safe love matches in the future? How will healthy dating relationships or marriages grow out of this decision?
Sources: Huffington Post
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