Safe online dating

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• Tip #1: If you're not familiar with technology or unsure what to write on your profile, ask a younger friend, relative or co-worker to help you.Don't let a lack of familiarity keep you from participating in online dating.If the person you'd like to date is someone you met online, insist that when you meet them in person, you meet them with a group of people, or at least just bring one friend along with you.Ask lots of questions to be sure that the person you're meeting is who they claimed to be online.

Yet when I shared why it sounded like she was becoming attached to someone who was less than honest, she was shocked and couldn't believe this nice man she spoke with on a daily basis was about to take advantage of her.These days you're in the minority if you don't know at least one person who met their current husband, wife or partner on an online dating site.According to a recent survey, one in five people in a new committed relationship and one in six couples married during the last three years met their significant other using an online dating service.Last year alone, twice as many marriages occurred between men and women who met online than took place among couples who met in bars, clubs and at other social events combined.If you've been considering taking the plunge into Internet dating but aren't quite sure how to get started, here are my nine key tips to ensure that your experience is a positive, safe and successful one.In fact, research shows that more than 40 million Americans (40 percent of all singles) use online dating services.

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