Dating Advice

Using Online Dating Apps Safely

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Online dating has taken over and become one of the most popular ways for single people to meet others, make new friends and maybe even enter into a relationship with someone. Particularly now, in a world governed by technology and COVID-19, the likes of Hinge, Tinder and Bumble have become increasingly popular, with more dating apps popping up every so often.

While they make for an excellent and efficient way in which to meet people, it is important to ensure your own safety when using any dating app. Take a look at some of the most reliable tips for making sure you stay safe on your quest to find love.

Meet In A Public Place

 Meeting your date in a public place with not only put you both at ease, as you’re on neutral ground, but it will also give you an easy out in the event that it doesn’t go so well. Furthermore, being in a public place will help give you good insight into what your date is like around others.

For example, take note of how they treat the service staff at the restaurant, coffee shop or bar that you meet up at. This will give you a great glimpse into what they are like. If they are unnecessarily rude to a waitron, it’s probably best to end the night early.

Always Take Your Own Transport

Whatever you do on your first date with someone from an app, never let them pick you up. Always take your own car, Uber, cab or public transport, if possible. As soon as you let them pick you up, you let them know where you live and are generally at their mercy for a lift home.

If something feels off on your date, or they’re not quite who you thought they were, you can get home safely without needing to rely on them at all.

Let Someone Know Where You Are

Chances are, if you’re speaking to someone on a dating app and you’re as excited about meeting them as you are about the best offers, you have probably told your best friend about them. When you meet up with your date, make sure that someone knows where you are.

This could be your best friend, sibling, a close colleague – whoever you choose to tell, let them know where you’re meeting your date, what time and if you move to a second location. Informing someone of your whereabouts will also go a long way in making sure that you feel more relaxed, safe and at ease on your date.

Mask Up

While it might not be the most attractive look or set the most romantic scene, while COVID-19 continues to run rampant all over the world, be sure to wear a mask on your first date.

You probably don’t know where they’ve been and whether or not they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Another point to consider is whether the establishment you plan to go to together takes temperatures at the door and ensures that guests sanitize their hands.