Safe dating tips and rules

Having sex doesn’t make you morally corrupt, and it won’t necessarily wreck your chances of a relationship.

If you’re both adults, single and you use protection, it’s your choice – but if you’d rather not, that’s your choice too. Ignore those rules about waiting three days to get in touch.

Most living grown-ups have a history of exes, hang-ups and maybe a nervous breakdown or two. They know that you have a past, but they don’t want to hear about it. Some online dating profiles read like shopping lists.

They’re looking for someone with brown eyes, short hair, between 5’10” and 6′, from north-east Birmingham, and so on. First, they make the writer sound like a control freak.

You’re two grown-ups, not a sugardaddy and his gold-digger.

Chivalry means being attentive, thoughtful and fair, not paying for all the food.

Say which music you like, and your favourite place to see your friends.

If you've been considering taking the plunge into Internet dating but aren't quite sure how to get started, here are my nine key tips to ensure that your experience is a positive, safe and successful one.• Tip #1: If you're not familiar with technology or unsure what to write on your profile, ask a younger friend, relative or co-worker to help you.

You do this by being original and, above all, specific about your interests.

Instead of saying that you like sunsets, mention the best sunset you’ve ever seen.

These days you're in the minority if you don't know at least one person who met their current husband, wife or partner on an online dating site.

According to a recent survey, one in five people in a new committed relationship and one in six couples married during the last three years met their significant other using an online dating service.

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