The Internet has made it a lot easier to find love, but when you’re looking for a hot new romance or a partner to spend the rest of your life with, there are some things you need to keep in mind.
As amazing as the Internet is, there are some pitfalls you need to avoid, and some perils you need to be aware of!
Cat fishing is something that everyone needs to know about and it doesn’t refer to reeling in huge barbell! Cat fishing is the act of luring someone into a relationship by adopting a fake persona, and it is something that’s rife online. Often, catfish steal other people’s photos and profiles and pass them off as their own.
So, that attractive 20 something with the glossy hair, bedroom eyes and legs for days may well be someone real, but it is not the person you are talking to!
Catfishing can go badly wrong too, as often, people are lured into a relationship online, and then asked to part with huge sums of cash so they can meet their new ‘love’ or help them out with n emergency.
Putting cute bunny ears on your head or a dog face is fun in SnapChat, but smoothing out your face or using the beauty filter at 10% is something of a cheat.
An honest photo is a good photo when dating online, and that’s not to say you can’t tweak the light to make it a little more flattering or add a subtle filter, but when you’ve smoothed out your skin so much your nose has nearly vanished- it’s a problem!
You’d hate to meet someone who looks nothing like their photo, so don’t be guilty of using photo manipulation too much either!
3. Fake Info
Showing yourself of in a good light is one thing, lying about your skills; job, living arrangements, abilities to win big in NZ sports betting or anything else isn’t on.
Beware of people who have Internet dating profiles with too little information, or a wealth of information that looks too good to be true.
It is one thing to be proud of your skills/abilities/job/home, but another to embellish upon it and fake it completely. It borders on catfishing and won’t make for lasting relationship.
4. Dick Pics
Don’t be that guy. And if you receive them, report (wherever possible) and block. Unsolicited nude pics are not welcome, but they have become a bit of a tour de force online.
So many nude shots get sent to unsuspecting people, and this can even be seen as harassment. If you want to send a naked pic make sure that it’s one that is wanted- and this goes for both guys and girls.
There’s a time and a place for everything and the first online chat isn’t the place! Plus, one of the perils of the Internet is just how easy it is to share things, so you may find your “private” pic goes viral!