The Smart Detective

Being smart and safe when it comes to online dating should just be expected.  Of course, it would be nice to think that you live in a world where no one is out to hurt you and that the birds sing and crickets dance in a cartoon world of imagination and wonder, but realistically, the world isn’t that great.  That is why you should be a bit of a detective about the person that you are going to date.

If you have met someone online and you would like to get to know more about them through a date, then you already have an advantage.  If you know their name by now or their email, you can find out quite a bit of information about them from just doing a simple Google search.  It is perfectly OK to try to find out more about a person before you meet them in person.  In fact, it is a very good way to make sure that you are not meeting a killer or a crazy person for drinks and dinner later on tonight.

Should you want to go any further in your investigation, you could always do a background check on them.  It is completely possible to find out nearly anything about anyone for only a few dollars.  If you think that is a bit extreme, then consider all of the stories that you have heard about people going out on dates and never showing up again.  It isn’t just about physical danger though.  While it is important to make sure that your date is safe, it is also a good idea to make sure that they are not married.

There are a few people in the online dating world that lie.  Of those that lie, most of them are lying about their marital status.  If you want to make sure that you are not dating a married person, a background check could also provide that information.