Dating Sites with Small DatabasesDating and social media sites vary in size. Some of the largest ones genuinely have millions of members. However, most do not and are constantly seeking to increase their membership. As a user, if you have the attitude "this site has a small database, I won't bother with it and I'll look for another site with more people" you're playing into the hands of the big boys and possibly missing out. All social media sites have to start somewhere and if everyone had that selfish attutude none of them wo ...(Read more)
Paid versus Free Dating SitesThere are many, certainly hundreds and possibly thousands of dating sites on the web. Some of these are free, some are subscription services and some claim to be free but have charges for doing the more useful things such as sending messages to other members.
You could argue that paying on a dating site ensures that you are serious about finding a date and it's probably true that anyone who is not serious or wants to play around is more likely to choose a free site. These days, the quality of ...(Read more)
First MeetingWhilst nobody would get anywhere if there were no meetings after chatting on a dating website, you need to take precautions to ensure your own safety. In most cases there will be no problems whatsoever but you only need to meet that one rogue person to cause problems. Here are some suggestions, some may be over the top but you can use this list as a reminder and then use your own judgement from there on:
Always meet in a public place where there will be people around, either well lit or in da ...(Read more)
Beware of Dating ScammersScammers are people who use illicit methods on the internet for their own gain. This may involve tricking people into giving them money or they may wish to get people to visit their own website or send them mail so that they can gain in some way from that. Scammers often register on dating sites with the hope of gaining someone's confidence over a period of time and then asking for help to get out of some sort of situation. So beware of:
Quick requests to communicate outside the dating site b ...(Read more)
Fake Dating ProfilesFake dating profiles are created on dating sites for a number of reasons. Here are the main types I've come across (listed most to least harmful):1. To scam the user and make money illegally for the owner of the profile. Always be suspicious if anyone asks you to send them money. The owners of such profiles often claim to be visiting or working in one country whilst residing in another. The profile often has religious references and the expression "god-fearing" crops up quite often. Once you've ...(Read more)
Why my Gran should use Online DatingThe idea that young people are the only people that can use DVD players and PCs is complete twoddle. My Gran's a silver surfer and could outplay an eight-year-old at most games, yet for some reason she refuses to use dating sites. The first hurdle is to get her dating again after the death of her hubby, but it's been a while now so I think it's about time she started getting out and about.
Her argument is that dating sites are dangerous: "You don't know who you're meeting". My argument is tha ...(Read more)