1. Always trust your instinct—after all, it’s gotten you this far in life already
  2. Take your time and look at lots of different profiles to get a feel for what kind of person you want
  3. Never publish your phone number or email address
  4. Don't take anything at face value -- it's easy to lie online, and many people do
  5. Ask lots of questions when chatting with your potential mates
  6. Make sure you feel comfortable with whoever you are chatting with, at all times
  7. If someone is abusive or rude, block them immediately
  8. Don't give your home or work address to anyone you have not met in person
  9. Before agreeing to a date, make sure you know as much about the other person as possible
  10. Don't allow yourself to be talked into anything -- you're the one in charge
  11. Take your time to get to know someone -- don't be rushed
  12. A patient person will be happy to wait until you are ready to meet
  13. Make sure anyone you're talking to is willing to provide photos and information about himself or herself
  14. Ask your date to leave a message on your voicemail beforehand, if possible
  15. Chat on the phone for a while before arranging a date
  16. Always meet in a well-lit public place
  17. Always tell a good friend where you are going and who you're meeting
  18. If possible, step away and call a friend during the date to confirm that everything is ok
  19. Always carry a cell phone on a date
  20. Always make your own travel arrangements to/from a first date
  21. Do not accept a ride home on the first date or reveal your address
  22. If you're traveling far, always make and confirm your own hotel arrangements
  23. Keep your first date to a specified time limit so you always have an "exit" point
  24. Never feel like you owe it to someone to meet them -- you don't!