Women who meet a first date online are more likely to take safety precautions than they are with someone they don’t know but who asked for the first date in person, a new study by Roosevelt University psychologists shows.
Published in August by Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social
Networking, the study by psychology professors Jill Coleman, Catherine
Campbell and recent Roosevelt PsyD graduate Billie Cali surveyed 82
Roosevelt female students about 13 behaviors that could help protect
them on a first date.
These include: telling a friend where you are going; taking your own
car; monitoring alcohol intake; meeting in a public rather than private
place; carrying enough money for a taxi; having a trusted friend be with
you and your date; considering self-defense strategies if the need
The survey participants, ages 18 to 36, were asked to rate how likely
it was for them to take the different safety precautions if: they
accepted a date with someone they were corresponding with and liked a
profile and look on Facebook; or they accepted a date with someone that
they didn’t know well but whom they were attracted to in one of their
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