Online dating can work with caution, experts say

Jul 24, 2012 16:51:13Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Online dating can work with caution, experts say

The amount of people who have found love online continues to increase as online dating grows more socially acceptable. When people turn to the Internet to look for that special someone, they should also take their safety into account. The popularity of online dating has also brought a great deal of scammers to the sites, according to KSL-TV.

"For those who play it wisely and approach it wisely, it tends to result in a lot more dates than you'd get from mingling within various social circles," Alisa Goodwin Snell, a Salt Lake City therapist and dating coach, told the news source.

Snell speaks from experience, as she met her husband on an online dating site. She also emphasizes the importance of staying safe while surfing for a soul mate. Taking a person's safety into account as well as protecting their online privacy is imperative. People can do this by keeping an eye out for possible scammers, always arranging dates in a public place, letting a friend know where the date is as well as knowing a person's own boundaries. Snell advises those who think they may be vulnerable to pay extra attention, as scammers seek out people who seem easily manipulated, the media outlet reports.

According to The Huffington Post, checking out the initial message can indicate if the person is a potential date or is actually a possible scammer. If the message is cute, to the point and attempts to lead the conversation out of the dating site, the person may not have the best intentions. Usually, a scammer wants the conversation to move quickly to another form of communication such as personal email so they do not get banned from the online dating site itself.