With 40% of the American population online dating, this has become the second most popular way people are meeting besides just running into each other. There are too many dating sites to count. Tinder, Match, Plenty of Fish, Zoosk, eHarmony, Badoo, OKCupid, and the list goes on and on.
We have to remember to be safe at all times.
Even after going on a couple of dates, it’s still not a good idea to get too at ease and put yourself in a situation that could be dangerous.
Here are a few common sense tips to make sure you keep yourself safe while online dating:
- Tell a close friend anytime you are going on a date with a guy you have met online who he is, where you are going, and when you will be home. Have the bestie on stand by just in case for any reason you feel uncomfortable and need to leave. You can do the old trick of having her call and get you out of the date quickly.
- Online snoop. Some people will say this is not a good idea. However when it comes your safety it is a must. You never know what you may find when some people put their every waking moment on social media. Besides being a crazy murderer, you might find out he is engaged or living with his Mama. Either way online snooping is one of the first things you should do before you go out on your first date.
- Don’t be so quick to “friend” them on your social media accounts. Once you friend someone on your Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, etc. They now have access to hundreds or maybe thousands of your pictures. They can now see who your friends are, pics of your children, possibly where you work and your neighborhood. You have no idea of what one tiny detail in your pic can alert someone as to your job or lead them to your front door. Check your privacy settings and make sure that it is not public and only your friends can see your profile.
- The first few dates need to be in a public place. Drive yourself there and always drive yourself back home. Never make it an option to ride anywhere with him.
- This goes right along with not having to make a decision to get into his car: stay sober. You don’t want to get too tipsy where you can’t drive. No need to open that door of invitation for him to take you home.
- Limit the information you disclose on your dating profile. As much as you want to put info about your job, your alma mater, how much you love your favorite restaurant down the street; someone can take that information and get more details about you before you even meet.
Online dating can be an awesome way to meet your Mr. Right. Protecting yourself is a top priority to ensure that your dating experience is successful and safe.