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Safe dating in the digital age

Siim Eefus,


T
he world of dating has expanded to something bigger than ever, thanks to the magic of the internet. Now, we get to choose what sort of dating practices we are interested in; whether it is serious or casual. This is due to the constant flourishing of niche dating websites which allow us to find like-minded soulmates looking for the same thing we are. However, even though things are made easier, there are still a few things to know which can ensure we get a safe dating experience.

The world of dating has expanded to something bigger than ever, thanks to the magic of the internet. Now, we get to choose what sort of dating practices we are interested in; whether it is serious or casual. This is due to the constant flourishing of niche dating websites which allow us to find like-minded soulmates looking for the same thing we are. However, even though things are made easier, there are still a few things to know which can ensure we get a safe dating experience.

Deciding what we want.
At the early stages; it is important that we decide what we are looking for. If we want a long lasting relationship; then we can start looking for traditional dating websites where other people are looking for the same level of commitment we are. But there is nothing wrong with just looking for a bit of fun on a no strings dating site; what matters is that we approach the right website which caters for our desires. The thing we donít want to do is to approach people pretending to be committed when we are in fact looking at just a short-term fling. This is the beauty of internet dating: we donít need to lie to get what we want; as we discover that there are more than enough people out there looking for the same things we are.

Being cautious.
When creating an online dating profile, it is best to avoid giving too many personal details as certain online scammers can use those to con us out of money or other malpractices. So letís just talk about the aspects of ourselves which are relevant to dating such as our personality and our looks. Money is a subject which shouldnít really be brought up, and certainly it is important to stay clear from anyone who asks money to be transferred to them so that they can come and visit us.

Also, not everyone online is honest about who they are so it is worth being weary of online dating profiles which are too perfect. Those can often have fake pictures whilst describing themselves as the best catch anyone could ever get. If it sounds too good to be true, then it is best to move on to another profile.

Let our friends know.
Another good practice is to let our surroundings know what we are doing; getting them to look at our potential dates. They might spot something that we donít, and getting a second opinion is always a helpful thing. By making our potential date aware that our friends know what we are up to, it empowers us and makes us less of a target for those looking for a weak and lonely person to scam.

It is actually a good idea to have someone drive us to and from our date. Meeting our date in a public place and getting a lift back ensures that we are not tempted to follow them somewhere where we cannot be helped if things take a turn for the worse. Also, using a mobile to give our friends regular updates on how our date is going will definitely help us be safer; once again projecting the idea that we are not lonely or desperate but instead acting like we are in control.

As long as we are in control then everything will go fine. Of course most dates wonít require those safety measures but this is what safety measures are there for: to ensure we have the best possible time.
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