5 Tips for Safe & Successful Online Dating

From the Show: HER
Summary: If you've decided to move your dating life online, what should you do in order to still feel safe?
Air Date: 1/15/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Robert Weiss, LCSW
Robert Weiss Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is the author of the upcoming book, Always Turned On: Facing Sex Addiction in the Digital Age, as well as Cruise Control, Sex Addiction 101 and Closer Together, Further Apart, and is also a clinical trainer, addiction psychotherapist and authority on the interaction of digital technology with sexual health, relationships and addiction.

Currently serving as Senior Vice-President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, Mr. Weiss has developed ongoing clinical addiction treatment programs for The Ranch in Nunnelly, TN, Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA, The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, CA (founded by Mr. Weiss in 1995) and the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, NM.

Mr. Weiss is a licensed, UCLA MSW graduate and early trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, an international leader in addiction treatment. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the NY Times, LA Times and the Today Show among many others, Mr. Weiss also provides professional sexual addiction training and program development for the U.S. military and multi-addiction treatment centers around the United States, Europe and Asia.
5 Tips for Safe & Successful Online Dating
Whether you're looking for "the one" or just someone to keep you company for a night, technology has definitely played a huge matchmaking role in the process.

In fact, according to a Pew Internet and American Life study conducted in 2013, 11 percent of American adults have used online dating sites, including 38 percent of American adults who are "single and looking for a partner." According to a Tinder spokesperson, Tinder users spend 77 minutes a day on the app looking for a new partner.

But, even though you might give out personal information, you may also blindly accept to meet up with a random person without thinking or taking safety precautions.

What sort of considerations should you keep in mind?
  • Focus on what you want 
  • Search with purpose
  • Post a good online dating profile picture
  • Be honest
  • Be safe
Now, what should you avoid if you DO decide to date online?

Robert Weiss, LCSW, discusses how dating has changed throughout the years, as well as the five tips for safe and successful online dating.