Dating Tips from gives you some tips on how to stay safe while casually dating someone you met on an online dating site.

Over the years, the dating scene has changed a great deal. People don't want to be tethered down in a relationship but they still want someone to go out and have fun with, without any fear of commitment. Online dating, whether it is for the long haul or for a casual fling, isn't something you need to be afraid of. With these precautions, anyone can be a master dater and find someone they can hang out with.

1. Know What You Want.

Before you even sign up for a dating site, make sure you know what type of relationship you are looking for. Do you want a long term relationship that can end with a wedding and happily after, or do you simply want someone to help keep your bed warm on those cold nights? Once you figure that out, you've won half of the battle! For a casual fling, you can join a dating site like, you will be meeting people who are of the same mind set as you are — having fun is the name of the game and a relationship isn't even on the table.

2. Be Discrete.

When you first begin talking to people on the site, keep as much of your personal life a secret as possible. You may hit it off with the person in the beginning. You may even agree to meet up and hang out; however, should something go wrong and you get a creepy stalker vibe from them as time progresses, you don't want to run the risk of the person showing up. Always keep information like your home address and where you work to yourself. You should only reveal this information once you feel completely comfortable. Ideally in a casual dating agreement, neither party will be too invested and want to know these details. But since you are spending time together and you may be intimate, it's only natural that you'll discuss personal aspects of your life.

3. Inform People.

Whenever you're meeting someone for the first time, you'll want to do it in a public setting and always let people know where you are going and who you are meeting. You don't have to tell your loved ones anything more than that. A good rule of thumb is to continue to meet and do things in public. If you want alone time, be wary of going back to their place. Instead, opt for a hotel room. While this may seem like a sleazy option, you'll be safer than going to their place and being in a completely new territory. At least in a hotel, you have neighbors and housekeepers should anything go wrong.

4. Stay Positive.

Now this may seem like a silly tip, but hear me out. People can tell when you are going into a date with a bad attitude or negative feelings. These things can taint a potentially nice evening. It's okay to have reservations or even be nervous when going on your first online date. Just calm down, breathe and relax. Turn on your charm and have fun.

Your safety is our priority when it comes to meeting people from Follow these tips and use your best judgment. The moment you feel threatened or uncomfortable, get out of there. It is a rare occurrence that people report negative first meetings, but they do happen.

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