Online dating is on the rise, but taking it slow and easy is the best way to get started. Begin online answering questions about each other. Then, you can move the conversation to the phone where there is a lot one can learn about someone while on the phone compared to email, so take advantage of it. The sound of their voice may give you a sense of who they really are, but don’t jump into the date right away. You have all the time in the world, and you will really appreciate the time you had in the beginning. When you are dating online, it may be tempting not to be 100 percent honest just to make yourself sound better. There is no need to convince yourself or to sell yourself about a prospect before you have even met. If you want a long-lasting relationship, be honest with emails, but don’t tell it all. Give just enough information so that you can maintain your honesty, and then save the rest until your first date. This will also help you build up and trust your intuition, which will be useful as you listen. Your gut feeling is vital when dating online. Learn to protect yourself even before you go out on the first date. First of all, make sure that you have privacy setting in place, and as you are conversing with your prospect, be care not to offer too much personal information. It may feel like you are talking to an old friend, but you aren’t. Remember that they are a stranger until you have spent some valued time with them. When you eventually set up a date, make it in a public place. Decide on a place that is easy to get in and out of, and where you can have good conversation. It is also a good idea not to have this date be long, then give yourself a way out, if needed.