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Dating locally comes with few immediate social concerns outside of the usual. Namely, you should always play it safe until you really get to know the person, and make sure that you leave if you become uncomfortable. If a date or even a relationship goes poorly, there will always be some kind of fallout afterwards. If you live in a relatively small or isolated community, this fallout can have unwanted consequences. If a date or relationship with a local ends violently, be aware that they will most likely know where you live, work, etc. Additionally, smaller communities may have less discretion regarding relationships. In short, when you date locally in a small community, everyone knows your business.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|