Tyra Banks featured a segment on her show about online dating, hook ups, and sexting.
She started The Tyra Show by stating that 60% of women say the Internet has changed their sex lives. She asked the audience to stand up if they had ever sex texted. Very few were willing to admit they had indulged in the habit. Tyra said she had an audience full of liars.
On the program Tyra said, “Personally I am not against online dating. There are a million steps you need to take before meeting that person, in person.”
Tyra doesn’t recommend meeting someone online if you are a teenager. “Please do not do that. It’s not safe,” she said. I have to agree. Most online dating sites require you to be 18 years or older to sign up.
Tyra’s panel consisted of four women in favor of sexting, and four who were vehemently against it for safety and self-esteem reasons.
One panelist said she likes to sex-text her boyfriend before he goes to sleep at night. Another panelist says it helps her relationship with her boyfriend while she is away at college.
I subscribe to the safety first theory. Just last week I was a guest on WPIX in New York with Tamsen Fadal and the subject was, cyber-dating safety. I provided some ways to date online, safely, which included:
- Don’t give out your last name
- Don’t give out your home address
- Don’t talk about money
- If you’re uncomfortable, leave
Keep in mind, your online communication often becomes public record and can be indexed by Google and the search engines. Think twice before pressing the send button, turning on your webcam, or uploading that risky video. If your relationship doesn’t end well, you don’t want your sexting history out there for the world to see.
Read my full article @Huffington Post
Julie Spira is known worldwide as the Cyber-Dating Expert. She is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at CyberDatingExpert.com
My friend and fellow author, Donna Sozio has written a hilarious dating advice book, Never Trust a Man in Alligator Loafers: What his Shoes Really Say About his True Love Potential.
Donna has been on the Tyra Banks Show teaching women how to sum-up a man in 30-seconds just by looking at his shoes! Would you believe years ago I had a dating diary and one of the categories was, “What shoes does he wear?”
I am excited about celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Donna’s book with her fabulous Gift Bag E*vent from November 3rd- December 15th, 2008. Donna is giving away over $5,827 worth of fun prizes for savvy women like you including my fun and hilarious “Top 10 Rules of Netiquette” with cyber dating tips from my upcoming book due out in 2009.
It’s easy to enter and I just did! I am crossing my fingers that I could be the winner. All you need to do is the following:
1. Buy a copy of Donna’s hilarious dating advice book Never Trust a Man in Alligator Loafers from Amazon.com from November 3rd – December 15th. (click on yellow book cover)
2. Then, go to www.DonnaSozio.com/GIFTBAG
3. Enter your name, email address, and your Amazon.com receipt number.
That’s it and you are entered to win $5,827 in premium GIFT BAG SWAG!
Plus everyone who purchases a copy of Never Trust a Man in Alligator Loafers and registers will receive over $800 in fun, stylish coupons and discounts on gorgeous jewelry, fashion, and more! Everyone wins.
Who knew buying a book could be so much fun!