I met this nice guy off the Internet and I think he's awesome. But I don't know if I should date him or not due to people getting murder from not truly knowing people they meet in person. I believe he is who he says he is. But friends tell me not to trust him.
Most Helpful Guy
The general rule is to meet them in a public place, tell someone you trust that you're going, and only plan to be there for an hour or two. This is to make sure they are who they say they are.
I met a girl off a chatroom once and she brought along a (male) friend to make sure. I was legit (so was she) so he left and we went and had a fun day together.
So long as you're sensible and careful, don't get taken in by smooth talk, and you'll be fine.3
Most Helpful Girl
Under the right circumstances yes. It would take a lot of getting to know each other beforehand. Personally though, hate me all you want, but I think online dating should be an adult endeavor, because too many predators go after young girls like you.
My personal rules:
Talk for a minimum of three months
Video chat regularly
Meet in a public place only after those three steps.1