How to Stay Safe When You're Dating Online
Meeting people the old-fashioned way has become increasingly difficult and pretty much impossible over the last couple of years.
As a result, more and more people are turning to dating online and there are currently around 15 million UK singles registered on dating sites. With so many different online dating platforms out there, millions of people to search through and so many horror stories, it’s really important that you know how to keep yourself safe online. Here’s a list of safety tips to help you:
1. Choose the Right Online Dating Platform
Different dating sites and apps attract different types of people due to their reputation. Some sites are renowned for being hook-up & affair sites, so if you’re looking for a serious relationship, you need to avoid those! Do your research before you sign up and find out what the dating website is all about. Is it a hook-up site? Are there lots of horror stories due to the nature of the site? And more importantly, what does the dating site do to keep you safe?!
So many of the large, well-known dating sites literally let anyone sign up. There are no background checks and zero accountability. The Match Group (which owns Match, Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, Plenty of Fish and others) have admitted that they don’t screen for sex offenders! And in fact, Plenty of Fish was named the most dangerous dating site in 2017. This is so wrong and it is exactly how our founder met a serial domestic abuser online.
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2. Don't Share Too Much Personal Information Online
Once you have chosen the right dating platform for you and you have signed up, be careful about how much information you share. You should never let anyone see your full address, and it’s best to avoid letting people know where you work. Treat online dating the same way you would if you met a stranger in a bar….you wouldn’t tell them everything about you before you learn more about them.
Take the time to chat online and to get know your match before you divulge too much about yourself.
3. Have a Telephone Conversation or Video Date Before You Meet Up
Before you decide to take the plunge and go on that first date, have a telephone conversation first – or better still – a video date within the safety of the app. That way you don’t need to give out your phone number before you’re ready to.
A video date gives you the opportunity to get to know the other person even more, and you can get a better idea of your compatibility.
4. Use Public Transport or Take Your Own Car
It’s always a good idea to use your own transport when meeting someone for the first time. Never accept a lift! You may think that the other person seems kind for offering to pick you up, but they could just be trying to find out where you live.
Using your own transport is good for your safety, and as an added bonus, it also means that you can make a quick getaway if the date doesn’t go as well as you hoped!
5. Meet Somewhere Public For Your First Date
Meeting someone new for a first date is really exciting, but you should always meet in a public place for the first couple of dates. A restaurant or café are ideal places where there will always be other people around.
6. Always Tell a Friend Where You’re Going
It’s always good practice to have a safety buddy when you’re dating online. Always tell your safety buddy when you are meeting someone new and where you are going.
7. Don’t Drink too Much!
If you are meeting in a bar for your first date, don’t drink too much alcohol. It’s always a good idea to keep your wits about you – especially when you’re meeting someone new.
8. Don’t Do Anything You’re Not Comfortable With
Whether it’s choosing the first date venue, choosing how the night goes, choosing the little things or the big stuff – don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with.
Be true to yourself and be yourself. You’ll never meet your perfect match if you pretend to be someone you’re not.
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