Tips for Safer Online Dating

Online dating. You’ve seen your friends doing it while you are socializing and they all talk about how much they love it, but you just never got into the idea.

If you are newly single or you are new to the idea of dating online, the idea can be quite overwhelming.

If you are considering dipping your toe and want to do it safely, here are some great tips to keep in mind.

Always Meet Somewhere Public

As romantic as meeting by the lake as the day turns to night with nobody around is, it’s also the premise for pretty much every horror movie where you yell at the screen that they should have known better.

Always meet somewhere public and open with many people around. A park is a great idea because there is often a lot of activity. Alternatively, a restaurant is a good classic.

Be Sure They Exist

If, when you first start talking to somebody, they are hesitant to send you more pictures, or the pictures they send seem to be very different, consider moving on. Many people use other people’s or older photos to solicit dates.

TMI!

Before you meet in person, be sure you don’t offer too much information about yourself. Specific details about your work, family, and addiction to shopping on the Groupon Coupons page for The Lakeside Collection are all best-discussed face-to-face.

If you do provide information, try to minimize the amount of person information they would be able to attain using what you provide. This is to prevent identity theft.

Name, Number, and Photo

Once you have made your date, send a picture of your date, their name, and their number to one of your friends, and let them know the details of your date.

What’s That? My Cat Is Violently Ill?

If you are slightly hesitant about your date, schedule a call with your friend in advance. During the call, they can offer you the opportunity to either take an ’emergency exit’ if the date is crashing or continue the date if all is going well.

Dating can be a great way to meet new people, and with phones and technology, the way we do it now has become very digital. If you’re interested in the idea, whip out your phone and start swiping – you never know who you might find!