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How safe is online dating?

In this tech savvy age on online dating just how safe it is? Simply put it is as safe as you can make it! You do not need to be tech savvy to protect yourself online If you were dating in the real world you would take so...
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Secrets of the hookup world

The hookup secret is out! A statistic shows that more than eighty percent of adults are involved in one type of hookup site or another.  A lot of that eighty percent are in fact adults already involved in some form ...
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The raunchier side of the online dating world

Hook-up vs Dating Apps Now that you have dipped your toe in the new era of dating I am sure you have run into the little “oops” that made you come to realize there is a difference between a dating app and a h...
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The world of dating and how it has changed

Getting back into the dating pool is no longer just a case of getting back out there Getting back out there currently means basically taking a course on about life all over again. Your relationship ends for various reaso...
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Sign of the times – welcome to the new era...

Dipping your toe into the world of cyber dating For anyone who was married or out of the dating pool prior to the internet dating boom, and now find yourself single and on the dating scene again you have probably realize...

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My friend Charlie

My friend Charlie

Maybe dating is not quite dead after all London has a new social princess in town only it is not an application but...
Ways to give your texting a boost

Ways to give your texting a boost

Texting is a huge part of your life these days People text more than they phone these days.  In fact, most of our...
How to create the best dating connections

How to create the best dating connections

Tips on how to create best dating connection Dating has a whole range of emotions attached to from the fun and exciting to...

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My friend Charlie

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Maybe dating is not quite dead after all

London has a new social princess in town only it is not an application but a social meeting club!

My friend Charlie

A social events business that is set on changing the way people meet and have coined a tagline “Meet the new, old-fashioned way through My Friend Charlie”

I am sure we can all agree, that it is an effective catchphrase as it is most certain catchy and give you a warm feeling in your belly.

My friend Charlie organizes and hosts social events which encourage people to mingle and meet the old-fashioned way.  One of their marketing campaigns states “Are you tired of swiping left or right!”

YES, YES! we are Charlie – but the thing is- do people still know how to socialize and get to know someone without a profile to read or their hand smartphone strapped to their palms with an app that also helps them ask the right questions, eat with the correct fork!charlie - My friend Charlie

Well, there have been a few good write-ups about the London based start-up so far and the events that are hosted range from chocolate and wine tasting to bicycle rides in the rain.  They are designed as fun group outings that take the social pressure off meeting someone so even if you do not meet the one you are bound to have a great time.

You go to the events with a friend or on your own there is no stigma attached and you are soon swallowed up in a group.  Much like the British love of tour bus vacations!

My Friend Charlie has its base at a London Club, Workspace, in Southward.  It is a free membership site which caters to people between the ages of thirty to their mid-forties.  The director and founder of the social club Charlotte Spokes who started the business at the beginning of 2017.  In an interview Charlotte revealed she had been thinking of doing something like for a while as she did not want to tell her grandkids one day that she had met their granddad over a glass of red wine all alone in her apartment as she swiped left and right through Tinder.

Her website is no app but a means whereby she lists her upcoming events and a place for people to sign up for the events with the usual profile style sign up.

Conclusion

So, is My Friend Charlie the start of things to come, maybe a few more will follow her lead and bring back the more traditional form of dating and meeting?

Ways to give your texting a boost

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Texting is a huge part of your life these days

People text more than they phone these days.  In fact, most of our phone conversations are done by text and very seldom a voice chat.

A few ways to make that text count

The time you send the text

The time between and the time you send texts can have an impact on the implication of the text

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For instance:

                The 5am text implies you are an early bird

                From 9am to 11am means you are the first thing I think about upon waking up

                From 12pm to 2pm is the I think of you throughout the day text

                Texts from 2pm to 5pm is the just a regular texting time with little to no implications

                The 8pm to 10pm text is considered to of a romantic nature

                Then there 11pm to early hours of the morning text this one implies a booty call

The days can also have a meaning like a late Friday night or an early Monday morning.

The frequency by which you send texts also melds in with the timeline of your texts.

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For instance:

                If you text everyday – you have established a rapport or chasing that person with all you might

Every second day or every few days text means you are really interested and wants to keep things at a good steady pace to see what happens

Texting every week is the check-in text and want to keep in touch text

The every now and then text is a faint interest and wants to maintain contact.

Text Length and use of various pictures icons, Gifs, etc.

The length of the text should be equated to how well you know that personif you are quite intimate the text can be a little bit lengthier that if you had just met the person.

                For every sentence in text language should be a paragraph invoice or an email

Emojis, Images, crosses and o’s and x’s can be a good way to get your point or mood across to the other person.  Photos are another good way to make the interaction seem closer.

                Tone try to limit the amount of text jargon you use because most people do not like text lingo.

Conclusion

Media is a very powerful tool in this day age an can be used to make life a lot easier and lonelier for some.

How to create the best dating connections

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Tips on how to create best dating connection

Dating has a whole range of emotions attached to from the fun and exciting to the nervous and scary.

One of the worst things we do though is to get stuck in our own heads and caught up in our insecurities.

There is a way of not letting that happened and that is the Tantric way of dating!  The Tantra way is a lot more than just about having great sex. It’s about deeply connecting with both yourself and another person and it is not just for new connections it is for making old ones seem like new all over again and helping to keep it feeling that way.

Tantra helps you live in the moment with the person in front of you, even if you are not the perfect match or attracted to that person, it gives you a deeper understanding of self and other people around you.

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So, let’s breathe Your Way to More Fun

If you stopped and thought about your breathing right now you would find it to beshallow, and only reaching to your chest.

Try taking three deep breaths into your belly. When people have panic attacks the first thing everyone shouts is breath, take a deep breath in and when the panicked person does they start to calm down.  You don’t have to be panicking to try this.  Try this even if you just want a boost.  When your breath you’re your belly it is like your insides are having a big stretch and you know how good you feel after a stretch.

Next date you go just before your date arrives do some breathing exercise and record how you feel afterwards

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Eye contact is important

Most of you are going – “You want me to look at you? Yes, after all the eyes are the windows to your soul and from which people can tell a lot about you.

When you kiss someone to make it filled with everything you have.

Kissing is sometimes even more intimate that the act of sex is.  Kissing is that enjoyable meshing of lips together, expresses, passion, forgiveness, sadness, courage and sorrow!  It is a very powerful too so use it to your advantage.

Take things slow no need to rush if they are the right one for you they are going to stick around.

Conclusion

Body language is the key to successful dating it can speak volumes to the other person so be aware of it!

Online dating abuse

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Defining Digital Dating Abuse

The abuse in the form of emotional and or verbal abuse, among teens, such as unwanted, multiple calls or text messages. Pressured into sending pictures that are nude or private by nature and this includes videos of such.  The use of social media networking like Facebook to harass and bully, stalk or intimidate in anyway a girlfriend and or boyfriend.

Signs of digital abuse can include:

A person tries to isolate and control who you may or may not be friend with on your social apps and goes as far as to monitor them.

They send you insulting, threatening or in any way negative or demeaning emails, text messages or various social media messages.

They use social media as a form of monitoring you

Sends you lewd, unwanted pictures and demands you return the favour, this is the same for videos.

Pressures you for your passwords or hacks your password or steals it in anyway

Sends a barrage or texts and leave constant voice messages to the point where you keep your phone switched off or are thinking of secretly changing your number.

The person will go through your phone logs and check all calls, messages, etc.

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Remember….

It is important to respect boundaries in a relationship.

You have the right to your privacy and to turn off your phone whenever you want.

It is your body and you do not have to send anyone anything you are not comfortable with and your partner should respect that.

Your passwords are your security and you are under no obligation to share them.

Get help

There are help hotlines for victims of any abuse.  If you or someone you know are the victims of abuse, there are many places that can help you.  One such place I know of is the Woman’s Freedom Center.

How to help someone who is the victim of abuse

The first step is to give them the benefit of the doubt

Find out what is going on

Find out how you can help them

Offer them your support and understanding

Don’t gossip about I, after all, it is not your problem to tell anyone else

Do not pressure them let them make their own decisions on the situation just let them know you are there for them.

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Conclusion

Abuse be it or online is a serious situation and can have a very damaging effect on a person.  The abuser needs to be reported, although there a fine line on how the law can deal with these situations there are institutions that can lend a hand and offer their support, help and guidance.

How safe is online dating?

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In this tech savvy age on online dating just how safe it is?

Simply put it is as safe as you can make it!

You do not need to be tech savvy to protect yourself online

If you were dating in the real world you would take some measure to protect yourself be it pepper-spray or a bullhorn type device that fits in your purse.  Do not be naïve, use your smarts and protect yourself.  Take the proper precautions like using a nickname instead of your real name, do not give out your phone number and if you are going to use a form of IM download an app like KIK which your login in using user id instead of phone numbers.  Use Skype but if you already have an ID make a new one never use your original one and do the same for an email address.

Protect your privacy

Do not disclose anything personal about yourself such as email, address or phone numbers in your profile.  If you are meeting someone do not get picked up at your house meet somewhere.  And always tell someone you know what you are doing.

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Are you sure the person you are talking to is who they say they are?

The dating app Badoo takes pride in its safer online dating and offersmany ways for you to verify your profile, apps like Zoosk do the same.  The will also ask for more than one way to verify this and it will be displayed on the persons profile if they have been verified! This stop what is called catfishing and gives you a greater peace of mind.

Also some mature dating sites are very safe to, you can do your own research it’s very easy today with so much information online.

How do you stop someone from being a pest on the site?

Some people just won’t take no for an answer you can block them and report them on most sites but once again apps like Badoo will block the person for you after two unanswered messages.

Conclusion

Online dating is generally as safe as you make it.  If you take precautions and are vigilant you can enjoy our online dating experience.  If you are being harassed report the person to the website support and if you are not comfortable with the site delete your id.  Never give anyone your credit or debit card numbers or money no matter what story they tell you.  Be wary of people who do not have much written on their profiles and are cagey with information or details.

Some advice on the new era of adult dating!

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There are online dating apps that enable a person to enter different forms of relationships with the other members. This has now moved on from the days when the dating application was for more long-term relationships.

The committed or the more casual relationship?

A committed relationship these daysis more like that fuzzy feeling you get when you are wrapped in your favorite comfy blanket. Then there are theno strings attached relationship which comes with its own attractions.The hookup apps allow for a more casual approach to dating and are a lot more open to casual sexual encounters.

So before taking your steps into this new adult adventure which may sound exciting consider the following:

  1. The no strings attached (NSA) approach

The non-commitment part is a big part of this style of dating – emotions have no part in it so don’t bring your rosy fantasies of a happily ever after future together. Be prepared and mentally ready for a fast fling.

  1. It is a One-Night Stand!

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This is much like the old dating where you would go out meet someone who you clicked with sexually and had a great night together with, then one of you would grab up your pile of rumpled clothes heaped somewhere and sneak out the door!  You must be careful here though and feel the person out some people do get attached and are not up front about it.  So, if they start with the ILY or romantic poetry – maybe its time to hit the road before you go any further!

  1. Be Casual

Enjoy the moment, this is what you signed up for to satiate yours and your hookups desires.  Have fun and keep it casual!!!  Remember if that L word comes to light it is a red flag in this situation.

  1. Think of this relationship as that swinging door and keep it moving

As you are both not committed to each other it should be an easy relationship to exit.  It is purely attraction and  means to a pleasurable end to scratch and itch!

  1. Keep in mind you are not exclusive

Hookup-dating appis not exclusive dating which brings up another point – practice safe sex.

  1. Decide whether to keep it secret or public?

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Decide the rules up front and as most exclusive relationships these days are more relaxed one of you may already be in one.  So, discuss that before one of you let slip something the other would rather not have made public.

  1. Possessive partners are a big red flag

Remember it is a fling, fun a one-night stand, should a partner suddenly become possessive or aggressive in anyway end the relationship immediately and block all forms of contact with that person.

Conclusion

Adult dating is not for everyone if you decide to try it keep an open mind and always keep your guard up.

Secrets of the hookup world

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The hookup secret is out!

A statistic shows that more than eighty percent of adults are involved in one type of hookup site or another.  A lot of that eighty percent are in fact adults already involved in some form of a serious relationship.

Here are some secrets everyone should be aware of about the hookup culture:

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1. Texting

Texting has replaced voice calls, they are more convenient and cheaper besides a hookup is not a romantic mushy date it is exactly as it implies a hookup!

2. Be Honest about your intentions

This is an adult dating site – be an adult and upfront with your intentions! You are not here to form any emotional attachments or a romantic dinner.

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3. Always practice Safe Sex

This culture is mostly about sex, needless to say, practice safe sex and what they term as NSA – no strings attached so no unwanted pregnancies, STD and such!

4. Remember there are no rooms for feelings

If you are going into a hookup leave your emotions at the door or you are going to get hurt.  Go into the hookup as it was intended a bit of fun and excitement to be enjoyed by both parties.

5. Manners always make the man

Yes, it may be a hookup, but you are BOTH consenting adults do not let the one makes the other feel cheap or nasty as you were in on the hookup and on the same app!

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Conclusion

Every member on adult dating sites are basically there for casual sex or one-night stand, but remember this is the twenty-first century and there is absolutely no shame or stigma on who you are or how you choose to flaunt your sexuality.  So, do have a bit of conversation with your hookup first and ensure they are on the same page as you, be respectful, no that even though you are both going in there with your eye wide open no still means no and be mindful of each other’s boundaries.

Always ensure have an exit strategy and let someone know where you are, there are apps you can download on your smartphone that allow people to track your phone such as Zenly ensure yourself and at least one of your friends have the application and that you are both linked.  Even if your phone is off it can usually pinpoint your last location.

The raunchier side of the online dating world

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Hook-up vs Dating Apps

Now that you have dipped your toe in the new era of dating I am sure you have run into the little “oops” that made you come to realize there is a difference between a dating app and a hook-up app.

Yes, and so the great lesson of the new dating era gets even a bit more complex!

While dating applications can be used for hook-ups and various other sorts of dating applications there are applications that basically streamline the dating process even more for just quick hook-ups, kind of like a quit one-night stand or a partner to just go to the movies with (only not that tame usually).

On a dating application you do still hit right, hit left or more yes, I like that person, not I don’t like that person.  You get a chance to talk on an email usually, get to know the person a bit.  Chat over one of the many, many social IM chats.

With a hook, up app and let’s not be fooled here applications such as Tinder and Bumble are hook-up apps.

You have a brief profile, set your location wherever you are to find someone near to you and then get swiping left or right.  If you both swipe right, you are a match and after a quick IM you get to have a hookup be it a real-life one or a cyber one.

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The cyber-ones are usually done in the form of some roleplay either over IM, voice or cam depending on the personal preferences.

One such app is Whiplr

It is easy to navigate, it has events and meetups with various themes depending on what you are “into”

It is for both Android and IOS, so it works with most smartphones

The downfall of this app is that there is no pc version to it and it is not available in a lot of places.

But for those into a bit more of the “taboo” hookup Whiplr is the “hook-up” application for you.

There are other raunchy ones without the taboo element such as adult match, Pure, Badoo, Field and Hook Up Dating.

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Conclusion

Online dating or hook-ups give you a further reach for you dating pool, but do not be lulled into a false sense of security and let your guard down.  Even though you are meeting and interacting with electronic devices you may still be at risk and vulnerable to the various predators out there.  Always keep your information safe and never give out too much information.

The world of dating and how it has changed

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Getting back into the dating pool is no longer just a case of getting back out there

Getting back out there currently means basically taking a course on about life all over again. Your relationship ends for various reasons and when you are finally ready to take the plunge and get “back in the market” you are run aground!

Is Dating the old style of dating dead?

Most young men and women from all around the world basically would tell you that while it has not quite died a complete death people just do not tend to do a lot of it – or at least not a lot of the conventional style dating that is!

An example of this is if someone these days asked you to “go out with them” they are basically asking you to be their girlfriend or boyfriend – well with the generation under about forty that is. They skip right over the “dating and getting to know you” part of the relationship part.

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The teens apparently call this “instacouple”!

The younger generation in Colorado reports that traditional dating is “pretty much dead,” especially with the different partner styles dating such as bisexual, dominant and gay groups. It also makes tensions within dating a shaky landmine to walk through.

These days exclusivity is implied from the first date which makes looking around a bit awkward!

So now getting to know someone is reading their profile on one of the many social media applications, which lists their hobbies, social standing, followers, eye-color, height, weight, what they are looking for in a person – oh and you get to tell someone up front in your profile what you are like.

So, with all this information at your fingertips the young feel they already know the person so there is no need for the dating part.  They read a profile, swiped right, the other person swiped right, and they matched!

There are pros and cons to looking at dating in this simplistic manner, it cuts out all the expense of the date, the awkward moments of having to get to ask a person about themselves (already listed like a menu on their profile) and most of them keep it so much online that it will probably start to cut down on STD’s in the long run.

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Conclusion

The positive side is that dating over the internet gives that awkward youth a better chance at being able to approach a girl her normal would not.  It levels out the playing field so to speak and with your details listed on a profile you get to see more of the person than just their outward appearance.

Dating in a cyber world

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There are many ways to date on the internet these days, you can use Skype to both IM and FaceTime, you can use an actual app on your smartphone called facetime.  Or you can build an avatar and meet up in a 3D Virtual world that you even get to build.

Once such application, where you play online but must download an interface is called Second Life.

When you first enter the world, you get to choose an avatar which closely resembles something from a dungeon and dragon’s world.  But as you continue to play you can go to the store and buy a real person figure, skin, clothes and you get to build a house, meet friends, go on fantasy quests with them and do even more “intimate” things with them too if you so desire.

The game has great graphics and you can get really lost in all the worlds, getting to know the controls, etc. does basically take a manual and tutorial but the game is fun.  It is like an upgraded version of the old time favorite the SIMMS.

The great thing about Second Life is that you do not have to be a fully paid member to get some great items to customize your avatar with or play with.

The downloading of the main interface is quick and does not take up too much space on your PC but to get the best out of the game you do require quite a high spec. graphics card and a good amount of memory.  There are also various add-on browsers you can get to make the game easier to use.img1 - Dating in a cyber world

Conclusion

These games can be addictive so always limit your time in them, but they are also a great place to meet other people without the stigma of a dating site.  It is a more relaxed atmosphere and a gaming type environment by which to get to know your partner where your avatar takes on your persona.