Many of us are now exploring online dating as an easier way of meeting someone for a no strings attached situation or even a longer term relationship. Online dating apps, such as Tinder or Bumble, give you the freedom to match and chat with people in your local area before arranging a first date!
In this post I want to share some tips and tricks for staying safe whilst online dating.
Meet In a Public Place
Whilst it is great to meet people online using dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, your first meeting should take place in a very public place. This could be a cafe, coffee shop or a restaurant. It’s really easy to fall into the trap of inviting them to your house, or even going straight to their house for your first date – as of course it seems comfortable. Don’t meet in any private space for your first date such as a home – this can be very dangerous.
Let a friend know where you are
It’s super important to alert someone close to you – or even multiple people – when going to meet someone you’ve never met before. These chosen people need full information on where you are going, who you’re supposedly meeting up with and timings of the meeting.
You can ask your friends to check in on you throughout the date and afterwards, to ensure that you are okay. This can be done through text messages, phone calls and even using a tracking app like Find Friends on iOS.
Google Your Date
Never be afraid to run a Google search on your date before you meet up. You might think it is intrusive, but you’re only looking for dodgy information, not their bank details! You can use reverse image search to double check that the person you’re talking to is who they say they are. If you do notice the photo being used appears in multiple places on the internet and is connected to multiple accounts then it is likely the person you’re speaking to is catfishing you and isn’t who they say they are.
If it sounds too good to be true…
We have ALL experienced people who like to stretch the truth a little, and if your date sounds too good to be true then chances are they are lying about something or someone. If it sounds too good to be true then it most likely is. Always go with your gut instinct.