In our experience, one of the biggest reasons people do not use online personals is because they are scared their privacy will be invaded. They don’t want to have to worry about people they are not interested in, having their email address. They don’t want to have to worry about some stranger that they have never met in person coming to their home. Luckily, all of these problems can easily be avoided. Follow a few simple steps and these should be non issues for you.
Your Email Address: If there is anything all of us already receive too much of, it’s email that we don’t want. Whether it’s an advertisement or an email from someone you met online that you really are not interested in, doesn’t really matter. It is unwanted and you should not have to worry about it. Below are some suggestions on dealing with this issue.
- Get a free email address specifically for interacting with your matches. There are plenty of places that will let you sign up for a free account that you can use to send and receive email.
- Sign up with an online personals service that provides anonymous email services. Many of the reputable companies allow you to use their service to email the other members anonymously. You can see which ones do that for you in our Online Personals section where we review the most popular services on the Internet.
- If you are already receiving email from someone that you don’t want to deal with anymore, setup a filter. Most email programs come with a feature that allows you to filter specific messages directly into the trash.
Meeting for the first time: We always recommend, if you decide to go on a date with someone you have met online, talk to them on the phone first and meet someplace public. We don’t want to scare you away, and we certainly don’t want to make it sound like you shouldn’t meet these people, we just like to follow the better safe than sorry credo when meeting a someone in person for the first time.