Manage the risks of online dating



The world has become one massive digital universe and dating has not been left out of the spectrum.

In fact, online dating is a mega million-dollar industry across the globe. Like everything online, there are the good and the bad.

And that’s why you need to be careful.

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Top 5 reasons women stay in abusive relationships

woman eye handHard to say you’re sorry? Not so for the abuser.

Sorry rolls off the tongue as easily as “pass the tomato sauce”, and this glib response time and time again, should be seen as a red flag to continuing the relationship.

Why do women stay in abusive relationships?

This is a question that is most often asked by women who have never been in any type of abusive relationship before.

The answer isn’t as simple as one would think and depends on the individual.

These are some of the most common reasons why women stay in abusive relationships with the men they love.

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Watch out for emotional blackmail in a relationship

divers-681516_960_720With ‘dating’ over and the relationship starting to settle into – well a relationship – you may look back and wonder where your individuality went.

This may show up in hobbies or interests that you no longer participate in or friends you no longer see.

Be sure to look at yourself first before seeking to blame your partner.

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Top 10 online dating tips

Knight in dazzling armour



Online dating allows individuals to develop a social, romantic or sexual relationship by sharing information on a digital platform. Any link to the Internet will be able to facilitate your signing on to a dating service. Once you’re logged in there are a few things to watch out for.


Here are 10 tips to help in you rise above the challenges of online dating:


  1. Create an introduction of yourself aiming to appeal to the opposite sex. Be careful to state only what is essential and do not reveal too much at this stage. You don’t want over exposure.
  2. Avoid using too many adjectives in your profile. Keep descriptions basic and simple. Remember you are as much a stranger to others as they are to you.

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Honest dating: it’s a numbers game

How much do you weigh?

A smart fellow once told me: “Jewish girls always ask, ‘How much do you earn?’ I ask them, how much do you weigh?.” I smiled at the inappropriateness of both these questions.

These numbers are not important and certainly do not need to be announced upfront?

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Don’t wait to date


I had a boyfriend who used to say, “It’s not how good looking you are, but how good-looking you think you are.” Perhaps he’d heard the mantra “fake it till you make it”, that helped shape his thinking.

Said another way, confidence can hide a multitude of sins. With Clive’s bold, arrogant pronouncement I never saw him as less than good looking because his self-belief was so strong, it had incredible impact.

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That awful awkward silence


You’ve finally summoned up the courage to go on that date you agreed to two weeks ago. Minutes before he arrives at the door, your heart drops to your stomach as you think ‘What will we talk about?’.

If the first few minutes do not overflow with conversation, you could be in a bit of trouble.

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Great expectations on Valentine’s Day

hearts-val-dayI think of myself as a romantic, yet Valentine’s Day just does not do it for me. While I won’t say no to the flowers or chocolates I may be lucky enough to get, I find the expectations numbing.

And that’s just the point, as soon as there are expectations there is bound to be disappointment. It reminds me of New Year’s Eve. There’s so much pressure to go out and have a blast come 31 December, it just never seems possible to deliver on the expectation. These days I prefer to be in bed by 10pm and greet the new year in the morning.

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