So I decided to take the plunge and follow in the footsteps of countless other singles who know that online dating is a successful way to meet new friends and find the perfect partner. But what do you do when you find someone you like? Initially, you want to keep all communication by email and learn more about the other person. Email also gives you time to think about what it means while allowing the distance and privacy to keep things too quickly. And like its been updated, you'll be surprised how long it will wait to check your inbox to see if you have new mail! Once an email friendship has been established that you can feel comfortable enough to talk on the phone. Take the time to give your phone number though, if you choose not to continue the friendship can not take the number of his back. Vale. Suppose you have emailed and talked on the phone. You has decided that you really like him and will love to meet.

Halt! Before being carried away by the emotion that the prospect of new love brings, read these safety tips before taking the final step in meeting the new big date:? I always tell a friend where and when they meet. Do not provide personal information unless you feel confident to do so, especially your home. Never give out personal financial information. Never give or send money to someone you just met. If you travel to meet, make their own arrangements for accommodation during the night and not give the name or address of your hotel. Follow your instincts.

If you are unsure of certain of his situation, never be embarrassed or afraid to make your excuses and leave. Overall, as in everyday life, most people who meet through Internet will be genuine, but it is important to be aware that some can not. Only after a few basic rules to ensure their security. You might even arrange to 'check in' with a friend so they know how the date is going? If your friends are as curious as this will be my first thing they ask you to do! Finally, relax and enjoy. You never know, could be the start of something beautiful. Claire Gaskin is a social researcher and co-founder of two successful online dating sites: and