Online Dating

Never in a million years did I think I'd be a social media success story but here I am. My love story literally all started with a friend request.

As many of you already know, I met my other half through Facebook. We had mutual friends but didn't exactly know each other. We got talking and he finally asked me out on a date. I had never done anything like this before but something told me to just go for it!

On 11th January 2014 we met and I can honestly say I've never looked back. Here we are, happy and content, celebrating our 4 year anniversary and planning our wedding for next year.

I know not everyone will be as lucky as were and may have to kiss a few Facebook frogs (or other social media platforms).

Online dating is often frowned upon but I think it's becoming much more the norm now. Everyone is doing it.

Just because it's hugely popular to do online dating and meet people via an app, there are still some safety tips you should follow especially if you're using a dating app aimed at No Strings Dating rather than someone looking for a long term relationship.

1. Never include pictures of your children on any dating profiles. You really never know who may be looking, keep your children out of it.

2. Never disclose your full address to someone you've never met in person. Never allow them to pick you up or drop you off for the first few dates. Always keep it public.

3. Always agree to meet in a public place and let someone know where you will be. Keep in contact them with regularly and always have a back up plan in case you need to leave. Always have a charged phone and money for a taxi.

4. Ask to video chat before you meet just so there's no nasty surprises. Some may be shy doing this but it'll give you piece of mind that they're the person you think.

5. Don't give too much away before meeting them. You don't want them knowing what gym you go to or where exactly you work.

I'd love to hear in the comments about your experiences with online dating.

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21 comments

  1. I bet you're so glad you decided to just go for it on that one day! I also met my boyfriend, no husband, on an online dating site so it really can happen!

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  2. That;s great that you met your other half on line! I know many of my friends did the same, its becoming increasingly popular these days to meet that way!

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  3. Yeah, earlier online dating was disliked but now it is becoming really popular. I'm glad you found your soul mate. All the best for the wedding and the new married life ahead.

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  4. Simple rules to keep you safe just Incase. Happy dating!

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  5. I think it's great people putting themselves for online dating. With a world so busy as ours there is this option of meeting someone giving love a chance!

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  6. Technically, I met my spouse online. We had a common friend who introduced us and we did the online LDR for a while. And yes, here we are, celebrating our 11th year wedding anniversary this year! Granted when we met, online dating wasn't a big thing as it is now but I agree, just be careful and don't divulge too much initially. Lots of not nice people out there sadly.

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  7. I've got quote a few friends on Tinder at the moment and I think I've only ever heard one success story, but I think tinder is a whole different online dating ballgame. I met an ex through Facebook, same story, we had a mutual friend;we dated for a bit but realised it just wasn't the right fit, but we've been good friends for 7 years now and I love him dearly. I think people just need to be be carful online, and your tips for staying safe are exactly how to do so!

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  8. Great dating tips, I too believe that one must not disclose many of our personal things while dating online and until you have met and felt yes this is my person. Congratulations to you for celebrating 4 years of togetherness.

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  9. I met my husband online too and we go married after dating for 2 years. Before that I never thought it was even possible to find serious relationships online. So yeah, such things happen and so happy to hear that it worked out for you as well. Your dating tips are great!

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  10. I read not long ago that the majority of people getting married today met online in one way or another. I'm so glad you and your Sweetie are going to fall into this category. Maybe I'm too old fashioned, but I've always had the best luck meeting really great guys through friends. Also, a great tip about doing a video chat before hand. I never would have thought of it, but it makes perfect sense. x

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  11. Online dating is almost becoming the only way to meet people because everyone is busy on their phones. I totally agree with not giving too much information about yourself and not including childrens pictures in your profile while trying to find "the one" online. Great article.

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  12. Congratulations on your anniversary. That is very romantic. The tips were very useful and often forgotten so it is good that you are raising awareness about online dating and doing it with caution.

    (From Chinedu)

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  13. These are very useful tips when it comes to dating. Problem is now (especially for a blogger) it's easy to find out a ton of stuff about us. And oversharing you really have to work hard to make sure you don't do.

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  14. It's so nice to hear success stories from online dating and glad that you decided to go for it. All the best for your wedding next year.

    Ami xxx

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  15. Such great tips which can be applied to meeting people for the first time as well. Thanks for sharing and for the suggested websites as well!

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  16. I had a friend date them online and now they are very happy. I think in the technology world this online dating a lot. As long as we know the right things not to harm ourselves, everything is fine.

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  17. These are great online dating tips for those thinking of trying it! I have had several friends meet their fiances through online dating too :)

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  18. That is such a great experience that you have shared. Finding true love that too online is very rare. Congratulations :)

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  19. Online dating can be such a crazy world. But you are right that many people frown upon it. But mostly they don't understand it or how it works. Congrats on finding your significant other that way.

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  20. I've heard several success stories from online dating!! I think it can be a great thing, but you're right you have to watch out for predators. Thanks for sharing your experience :) It is very motivating for others

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  21. I met my last girlfriend online. We were together for about 2 years, and were super happy. I've had nothing but good luck on there, so I'm sure I'll be going back at some point :)

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