Knowing when the timing is right to starting dating again can be difficult.
For some people, they may be coming out of a recent relationship. As a result, they are not sure they are ready to get back into even casual dating at this point and time.
For others, it may be so long ago that they were on a date that doing it now can seem rather intimidating.
No matter where you fall in the spectrum, do what is best for you.
So, is it time to start dating again?
Always Make Your Safety Rule Number One
If you decide in fact now is the time to get back into dating, you do not want to overlook the importance of your safety.
This starts and ends with making sure you make safe decisions. This of course means when it comes to talking with and meeting other people. Doing anything less than this, can end up putting you in compromising positions or worse.
With this in mind, you never want to do any of the following:
- Meet in a precarious spot – Always make it a point to meet someone early on in a public venue. Even if you’ve had some great phone or email conversation up to now, safety is the number one factor in play. You may even make the first few dates with the same person in public settings.
- Give out too much info – While you will have to give out some personal details, do not go overboard with this. Some people are specifically looking to scam other individuals. One way they go about this is by getting their hands on a fair amount of personal data. Be careful what you tell someone until you get to know them and feel comfortable around them.
- Provide one with the wrong impression – Last; always be upfront with people when out on a date. The same is true even when it becomes several dates or a relationship with an individual. Since chances are you would not want to be led on, the same should be the case with the other person and how you treat them. If you have feelings for them after a few dates, let them know. If there is no connection after one or even a couple of dates, be honest with them.
Learning About Someone Else
While you are not conducting a job interview when talking to others you may want to date, it is in essence one.
That said once you have their full name, you may opt to go ahead with doing a free background check online.
Such a check allows you to delve more into their past and current actions.
While you may not come up with anything too extensive that would give you pause, you want to be safe nonetheless.
No, a traffic ticket or something minor is not likely to be a major red flag. That said other more serious criminal issues or even a bankruptcy in their past may give you room for pause.
In avoiding a nightmare first date, the time you take learning about one can save you heartache.
So, is it time to get out there and date again?