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How to Stop Creeps From Ruining Your Online Dating Experience

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If you have been online dating for any length of time, it’s quite likely that at one point or another you have been made uncomfortable by conversations from “creepy” men.

For many female online daters, creeps are an unfortunate reality that can make the experience far less pleasurable. Just like those high school zits that pop up on the day of the prom, these guys pop up at the least opportune moment and never seem to want to leave.

They can harass or even be abusive and are always in your face with explicit messages. Perhaps worst of all, they often do not know when to simply give up when you don’t want them to contact you anymore (if ever).

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How Safe is Online Dating?

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The internet can be a dangerous place.

Stories such as that of the Craigslist Killer highlight the potential dangers of taking offline relationships into the “real world”. Online dating is now well and truly mainstream — as an industry it generates $1.9b in annual revenue – and although it is not yet governed by Federal law, individual states such as New York and New Jersey regulate online dating sites.

With some 45 million Match and eHarmony members alone, the question is, how do you know who you’re going to meet — the love of your life, or someone with ulterior motives?

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How to Protect Yourself in the Online Dating World

Online Dating: How to Protect Yourself

Online dating can get a bad rap amongst certain groups. Whilst there is no doubting that there are some potential dangers when it comes to online dating, the same can be said of life in general.

In reality, if you take a few simple precautions when engaging in online dating, you are unlikely to ever run into any trouble. It’s more a case of exercising common sense than anything else.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the steps you should take to protect yourself.

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How to Say “No Thanks”

Online Dating: How to Say "No Thanks"

Rejection can be awkward to dish out, and difficult to take.

Yet it is a part of life. And when it comes to online dating, rejection is a common occurrence. People who are terrified of the idea of rejection in “real life” fire off emails left right and center with wild abandon, risking rebuffs with every click of their mouse.

If you are engaged in online dating for any length of time, you will probably be contacted by someone you are not interested in — at which point, the question of how to say “no thanks” comes into play. So how do you let people down gently?

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Exploring the Dangers of Online Dating

Online Dating Dangers

You don’t need me to tell you that it’s a big bad world out there. My recent post on online dating horror stories was probably enough to make you think twice about how you conduct yourself online.

The fact is that there are online dating “dangers”, although it’s not a word I am particularly keen on in this context. The danger is typically only present under rare circumstances and only if you put yourself in a position where that danger can become a major issue.

In this post, I want to explore a few of the common online dating dangers, and what you can do to mitigate or avoid them.

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