5 tips for dating safe online

The modern dating scene is rather different to that of old, with a vast number of online dating apps having replaced traditional encounters.

Unfortunately, navigating the online dating world can be a bit daunting and something of a minefield.

It’s therefore important to be savvy and sensible whether you’re new to online dating or have previous experience.

Here’s five tips for dating safe online:

1. Pay attention to profiles

The people you meet on dating apps and websites are – usually – complete strangers. It’s therefore vital you have a relatively good idea of who you’re talking to.

Most dating apps offer a profile section for each member. Have a good read through and be weary of people who use grainy photos of themselves or offer limited information.

If anything strikes you as odd – trust your instincts, and move on.

2. Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions when you begin chatting to someone online.

Remember – you’ve never met this person before. And, before you decide to meet them for the first date, you want to be sure you know as much about them as possible.

There’s no need to pry, either; simply ask them standard questions, such as what they like to do, their character traits, and so on. If you feel it appropriate, there’s also no harm in asking what relationship history they’ve had (whilst making it clear you don’t need to know every detail!).

3. Google them

The information people display publicly about themselves on social media platforms such as Facebook can be legally viewed by anyone. You’re therefore not breaking the law if you search for a potential date on Google or social media.

It’s also a great way to verify their identity (compare their photos on Facebook versus the dating site, for example), and you can often get a measure of the real person behind the profile when you take a look at the digital trail they leave online.

4. Delete those you’re unsure of

Remember – if there’s ever any doubt about someone you’re chatting to online, you need to trust your instinct and walk away.

To do this, make sure you either block or delete them – don’t leave the conversation lingering, because that will only leave a door open for them to continue contacting you.

5. Meet somewhere neutral

When you meet someone in person for the first time, do so in a neutral location. Don’t accept an invite to their house or a lift, either – make your own way there.

If you feel like you need someone watching over you during the date (this is a common desire, and nothing to feel bad about), ask a friend to come along and sit somewhere within eyeshot of your table.

Wrapping up

Online dating has worked brilliantly for countless people throughout the world, and it could work for you, too. Just stay safe with our tips above.

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