People are skeptical about descriptions of jobs and lifestyles. They cock an eyebrow over poetic prose from a potential romantic partner. And they're downright dubious about the seemingly ageless quality of the person in the photos.
With all this doubt fogging up the computer screen, it's no wonder that many online hopefuls, and especially women, are worried about sharing their phone number with someone they've met online. Online dating has especially caught on among people on opposite ends of the dating spectrum, or those between the ages of 18 and 24 and those between 55 and And two-thirds of online daters have gone on a date with someone they've met online — a significant increase from the 43 percent who said they did so when Pew posed the question in Why Hanging Up May Not Help Precisely when people who've "met" someone on a dating website decide to share their phone number may be the subject of a future research project.
But the warnings to exercise caution have multiplied right along with the hundreds of cautionary headlines about online dating. In the wrong hands, an untrustworthy person could use your phone number to: By this time, however, you probably will feel frazzled and at the end of your emotional rope.
This is why dating sites advocate personal responsibility measures, especially for their female customers. Use only respectable sites. Forbes reports there are about 8, dating sites worldwide, and they can attract divergent types of people.
Research the most appealing ones before joining only a select few. If someone makes you feel squeamish online from a distance , it's probably only going to intensify in person.
It's OK to say what you do for a living, but don't disclose where you work. Share the type of food you like, but don't enumerate your favorite restaurants. And talk about your background, but don't provide details that are relatively simple to trace such as graduation dates. In other words, guard your privacy judiciously. Share a Phone Number With Confidence Eventually, someone you've met online may ask for your phone number.
And you may be tempted to share it. You can take the next step in your burgeoning relationship and protect your privacy by signing up for a Google Voice phone number. This free service assigns you a phone number that doesn't show up in any directory, allowing you to make and receive calls, text messages and voicemails.
And you can screen calls, too, by linking this number to your mobile phone. Your date will have no idea that the phone number is actually not your personal cellphone number.