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Getting started with dating Asian singles

Every year, thousands of people meet their romantic partners on dating websites, so if you’re thinking about dating Asian singles online, you are definitely not alone!  Getting started is easy, but online dating is an entirely different animal from dating in person.  Here are some helpful hints to get you started.

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Protecting your privacy

When dating Asian singles online, it is easy to remain anonymous to other users until you are ready to reveal yourself.  This provides a level of security and privacy.  Additionally, you’ll want to keep your personal contact information such as your home address, email address, last name, and phone number out of your profile.  Save that information for when you are ready to meet.

A good trick is to set up an email address that can be used exclusively for online dating.  This way, it becomes easy to quarantine any unwanted email.  Just remember to keep your passwords private and difficult to guess.

Avoiding problems

Always be sure to ask a lot of questions when communicating with someone online, and when you do, pay attention!  Stay alert for inconsistencies, which are always red flags, and be very wary if you ever get a request for money.  Take note of anything suspicious.  Remember that if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Most online dating services provide a way to report unsavory behavior or possible scams.  If you’ve come across something like this and you aren’t sure how to proceed, simply check out the FAQs.

Avoiding online Asian dating scams

Online Asian dating can be a truly rewarding experience as it opens up a whole new realm of romantic possibilities.  However, there is also the potential of being scammed through an online dating site.

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Although most of us think that the stories we see on the news about an online dating scam could never happen to us, the truth of the matter is this:  some Asian dating scams have become so sophisticated that even the most technically savvy or street smart individual can be duped!

Fortunately, there are ways you can protect yourself.  Here’s how:

  • Never send money to anyone online.  If an online love interest begins asking you for money, chances are it is a scam.  The basic idea is that these individuals will start by professing their love for you as they gain your interest and trust.  Once they have that, they will ask you for money.  Sure, you can send gifts if you want, but if someone flat out asks you for cash, be wary.
  • Stick to the online dating site.  In the beginning, it is a good idea to stick to interactions through the online dating site rather than personal accounts.  Eventually, if you want to move away from the dating site, you can, but keep this in mind for those early interactions.
  • Watch out for tall tales.  Everyone has a story, but scammers are particularly good at spinning tall tales.  Watch out for anyone who says they have had a traumatic incident and need some cash just to get home.  These folks usually tell you they are traveling abroad.  Remember: if something seems too good to be true, it often is.
  • Steer away from intimate conversations early on.  A popular online dating scam involves intimate conversations and the threat to post them publicly if you do not send money.  This is extortion and is illegal. 

Chances are your online love is the real deal, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared when it comes to dating online.

Transitioning from Asian dating online to face-to-face dating

If you’ve been corresponding with a woman through an Asian dating online service for a good while, the subject of meeting in person is likely to come up.

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When is the best time to take this big step?  Is there ever a time that is too soon or too late?

Typically, it is a good idea to start making plans for your first “in person” date once the two of you have been corresponding for about six months to a year.  At this point, the two of you should have a good idea about each other and feelings will have usually become stronger.  This is the perfect time to meet face-to-face for a couple of reasons.

You want to “strike when the iron is hot” because Asian dating online is a little different from traditional dating; there are plenty of uncertainties when you correspond with someone over the Internet.  You might be communicating with the love of your life, but if you don’t act on it at the right time, you might miss your chance, especially since the two of you are so far apart.  If you wait too long to meet in person, one of you might start considering other choices.  After all, you haven’t even met yet!

Another issue is that too much online correspondence might create high expectations or a burnout and result in negative feelings when you do finally meet.  Corresponding for an indefinite amount of time might make one of you feel as though you are simply pen pals rather than romantic partners.  This can be disappointing.

Therefore, if you’ve been dating online for anywhere between six months to a year, this is the time to start discussing your first meeting in person.  Good luck!