Safe Sex and Dating With Video Chat

Finding a date for Saturday night has become a lot easier with the onslaught of online dating. Rather than perusing the malls and grocery stores looking for eligible and attractive singles, those looking for a date can now peruse an endless list of specialty and regional dating sites, examining profiles and messaging potential interests within almost any criteria. As for those without a date for Saturday night, it is never too late to find that someone special. With adult dating and hook up sites also a growing trend, those left at home can still engage in some illicit activities of the adult nature. Many of the better adult dating and hook up sites now offer such features as group chat rooms, private chat rooms, instant messaging, VOIP phone, and now even private video chat. Can you even imagine the kinds of trouble you can now get into even from the confines of your own home?

While many online date seekers are still reluctant to embrace video chat, it seems the pros now far outweigh the cons. You see, with free dating sites, financed by Google advertising, becoming more and more popular, so to is date scamming. Date scamming refers to scammers who use fake profiles on (mostly) free dating sites to make contact with other members. Using fake pictures and information, these scammers usually try to encourage members to e-mail them directly. This way, these scammers can enter a free dating website, message dozens and dozens of members, and move on to the next free site. They never actually have to return to the site of origin, but instead wait to receive e-mails at one of their own fake e-mail accounts. These scammers than try to build a relationship with you, only to solicit money or banking information soon down the road. With video chat, members can now confirm at least the visual identity of the person they are communicating with. Though this might seem a bit frightening to some, it’s a lot more frightening to imagine what that gorgeous guy are girl you’ve been chatting with really looks like.

If the person you are interested in refuses to join you in a private video chat for even a minute or two, you should be very concerned. Though many may indeed be shy, or concerned over the possibility of you recording the chat, they need to be made aware that these are small prices to pay. Insist that you just want to confirm their identity, and that afterwards you will be satisfied with regular chat or instant messaging. Remember, however, that confirming what somebody looks like is only the first step. When you do choose to move your relationship offline, always meet somewhere public, preferably with a friend close by, and never leave to go somewhere private without first informing someone you know of where you’re going. Meeting people online for dating, or even just for casual sex, can be extremely fun and rewarding, so long as you take all the necessary precautions. Condoms, of course, are always an absolute must.

As for those who want to use video chat for more than just confirming identity, the possibilities are indeed endless. Remember, however, that video capture software is becoming more and more accessible and sophisticated. Even if the video chat software you are using does indeed make it difficult for others to record you, there is always software out there that will find a way. Be aware that anything you show or do on video chat can indeed be recorded. If you are planning on getting naked, you should at least consider certain precautions. One strategy is to video your face, then cover the camera, and then move the camera to capture your body. This way your body and face are not in the same shot, and there was a separated transition from one to the other.

Though there are always safety issues in hooking up with people online, it is still often safer than hooking up with someone at a bar or late night party. With meeting online, you always have time to carefully plan your first face-to-face encounter. No matter who you have your eye on, however, remember that people are not always as they seem, and being attractive does not exclude them as a potential carrier of a sexually transmitted disease. Though life is too short to live in fear, always govern your life with a healthy dose of common sense. Simply put, video chat makes common sense. It’s also a whole lot of fun. See you online.