But more important, realize that online dating poses some risks.
It’s fine to share your favorite books, foods or movies along with your dream vacation and hopes for the future.
Just don’t share identifying info — your last name, your birth date or even seemingly innocuous information like where you went to college or the neighborhood you live in.
Create an email address that doesn’t contain your last name and use that to communicate. Googling your date if you know their full name isn’t creepy, it’s shrewd.
You’d be surprised by the amount of info you can find out about a person on the Internet (or that someone can find on you).
It’s so run-of-the-mill that couples are no longer sweeping their “how we met” stories under the rug.
But before you rendezvous with that would-be prince charming from Match, e Harmony, Ok Cupid, JDate or Only Farmers (yes, a dating website for farmers!) in 3D, ground yourself in some important realities.First, don’t expect your date to look exactly like his or her photos.Also find them on Facebook and see if you have any friends in common.(You can do this even if you’re not Facebook friends with them.) Use Linked In to see where they work (sure, creeps can work for Fortune 500 companies, but having a legitimate job is certainly better than not).By learning where they work you can check if what they said about their profession is true.