Online dating is safe

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.

You don't want to lie about your age, your background or your personality.

• 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.

Don't let a lack of familiarity keep you from participating in online dating.

Also, when you decide to give someone your phone number online, use your cell, rather than your home or work phone.

If things don't work out, cell phone numbers are much easier to change.

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