‘I’ve done a bit of online dating and here’s what I’ve learned’

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I thought I’d write this from a man’s point of view, so that other guys can avoid the traps that online dating can present. 

Whatever the reason that guys look for sex or relationships online, I’ve made a few observations. 

Broadly speaking, there are two types of dating sites: Real ones, with real people; and all the others!

How can you tell?

Let’s deal with the dodgy ones first. There are some telling signs to watch out for when trying to determine how legitimate a dating site is, and a few common-sense rules. 

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If you register, and within hours get bombarded with messages commenting on your profile even though you haven’t yet created one, it’s best to steer clear.

If they want credit card details for proof of age, don’t give them. 

If you are successful at starting a conversation, try to move the conversation offline to another messaging system. If the person you are talking to won’t, it may not be legitimate. I believe these sites are operated by dodgy characters some place overseas.

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