Online dating ettiquette
But keep toddlers away from the phone, especially if you have a home based business.
The little darlings are sooooo cute to YOU, but frustrating to the caller (unless it’s you or Grandma calling); bad for business too.
A first date is not the time for a hike through the forest or any other remote rendezvous.
Meet at a time and on a day that's convenient for you.
Read on for safe dating tips and dating advice for meeting offline locally.
Always meet in a populated, public place in an area that you're familiar with such as your favorite busy restaurant.
Be suspicious if your date insists on meeting at odd hours unless they have a legitimate reason. If you can't drive to the chosen location then get a friend to drive you, take public transport or a taxi. Tell a friend or family member where you're going, what time you're meeting and how long you expect to be.
If your date cares about and respects you they will respect and reciprocate your concerns.
Sure, you're out to have a good time but if everything goes well there will be many, many more good times to come. Do not leave your personal belongings or drink unattended at any time.
If you go to the bathroom take your phone, bag and/or wallet with you. Keep any drinks close to you at all times and if you've left it, leave it. Be aware of your date's behavior and body language.
Shows of anger, possessiveness, frustration or attempts to pressure or threaten you should set off alarm bells; proceed with great caution.
Alternatively if they're sitting up and leaning slightly towards you, showing interest in your conversation and maintaining eye contact you've got a winner!
Letting your online dating partner know that you're giving someone else their contact is common courtesy but also makes sure they know people are looking out for you.