Despite the popularity of online dating, there are still many people who are hesitant to sign up for a profile in the fear that someone they know will stumble upon it. The truth it, most people are surprised to find that many happy couples they know met online, or that family members and coworkers are trying it out themselves.

The most basic reason not to worry about the threat of being found out, is that if someone sees you, they’re likely using the dating site also! If not, then they’re creepily looking for you or just browsing sites, so either way, no reason for you to be embarrassed about your profile. If you’ve been honest about your information there is no reason that you should be concerned or embarrassed about this.

Besides, if someone made fun of you for online dating, would you want to be friend with that person anyway?

There are some users of online dating sites that worry that free sites and apps are going to offer up their information to others more readily, or they’ll be less able to control privacy settings, but this is hardly if ever the case. While pay sites may offer you more levels of visibility and/or extra security options, since you are looking to get matched with as many people as possible, these options may actually end up limiting your dating pool.

Some people get embarrassed about using a gratis relatiesite and therefore worry about friends or family seeing their profiles. Although remember, this is a good reason not to lie on your profile. If you’ve been honest and upfront about who you are and what you like, chances are anyone you know that stumbles across your profile will be impressed by your courage to get out there and meet someone!