Online dating can be a fun and certainly a rewarding experience for anyone who desires to meet people outside of their immediate human network. Maintaining your safety while doing it is simply a combination of using common sense and exercising good judgment.
Over the last decade, social media, in all of its forms, has become one of the most used tools for communication, memory archiving, and socialization. Absorbed in the overload of technology, it is easy to forget how vulnerable our lives have become amongst the apps, networks, and latest social gaming spaces.
You wouldn’t give your full name, address, and phone number to a strange person that you met in a bar or on the street. I doubt you would share personal pictures or images of your family or house to a stranger either.
So help me understand why you would share the place where you keep the history of all your special moments or periods of vulnerability?
The amount of our intimate data that can be obtained by a single piece of information, such as a phone number or email address, is incredible. We take for granted the amount of time, energy, and personal information we disclose on a daily basis to the world of strangers.
Dr. Harmony’s Notes on Dating
Rule #1: Keep Social Media Private
I cannot stress enough to keep your social media profiles private and limit your connections to your real life social community. Many people even go as far as to have duplicate social media profiles instead.
Take a tip from the thousands of celebrities, government employees, and service members. Keep your real life and history a mystery to the new people who enter our lives and to the world. We all deserve to have our secrets and privacy. Safety aside, social media does not replace the intimacy of face to face communication when you are love mapping and getting to know one another. Leave room to have things to talk about and share between one another.