As part of online safety week, Online Dating Expert Julie Spira sat down with Vanessa Borge on Good Day LA to teach singles how to date safely online.
With over 50 million singles using mobile dating apps and looking for love online, a question that is always asked is, “How safe is online dating?”
When the FBI reports 18,000 plus cases of problems, should you be concerned?
As a guest on Good Day LA, I explained that every issue and report is a concern, and all of us in the dating industry take dating safety seriously.
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In fact, a new research study from Stanford and the University of New Mexico showed that almost 40% of couples met online, which is double the amount of couples who met through friends at 20%, and significantly higher than couples who met in a bar, at 6%.
So what are the best safety tips?
Don’t leave the dating app quickly to communicate, as it’s safer and easier to track conversations.
Use my Digital Thumbs Up or Down Rule – Check your date’s social media profiles to see if you have friends in common.
You’re only as good as your worst photo. Red flags include a profile without a photo, or one where the photos look too good to be true, like a model or someone standing in front of a fancy car.
Don’t give personal information about where you work and live in case the date goes south.
Report any suspicious profiles to the dating apps.
Open your heart, but don’t open your wallet.
Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may swipe or roam.
Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She was an early adopter of Internet dating, and has been coaching singles on finding love online for 25 years.
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Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.