Online dating is a fun, convenient way to meet new people. There are dozens of dedicated sites and apps, focusing on different demographics, limited geographic areas, and even specific personal preferences. It is, for all intents and purposes, the ultimate answer to dating in the modern age.
But lest we forget, online dating also comes with a few risks. This isn’t to say that online dating is inherently dangerous, of course, since some would even argue that it is safer than traditional dating. But even still, there are a few important things to keep in mind if intending to actually go out and physically meet a match made in the virtual world.
Chatting to potential love interests online can all be very exciting. So much so that many quickly agree to meet a match after just a brief text based interaction. It pays, however, to not rush off too quickly and meet the first match that catches your interest.
In other words; don’t be afraid to be selective with who you are willing to meet. There are, after all, probably many more interested in your company. Plus, importantly, when you do agree to meet, make sure it is in a neutral, public location. Like a coffee shop.
Chat On The Phone
Better yet, before going out and meeting that alluring stranger, why not have a little chat on the phone? It can be very different chatting to someone via text, and chatting via voice. If you’re ready to go and meet them in person, it is surely also acceptable to have some direct voice to voice communication.
If you don’t like the sound of them, it can be an easy way to avoid what might have been an awkward face to face encounter. Better to just stay home that evening, and enjoy a fun solo activity, like Australian sports betting until a better match comes along.
Avoidance Is A Bad Sign
If a match seems great in text, but is avoiding sending photos or having a voice chat, it is a pretty bad sign. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is a serial killer, but it may well be a red flag that they aren’t who they claim to be.
The vast majority of online daters understand why trading photos, and chatting on the phone is important. So if someone is insisting that they don’t want to interact directly until you meet in person, it can be a sign of something fishy going on.
Let Friends Know
When you do go out on a date, let friends and family know when and where you’re going. You can even ask a friend to send you a message a few minutes in to your date, just to be certain. It might seem like being overly cautious, but it is always ways to be overly cautious, rather than unprepared if something ends up going wrong.
In many cases, all of the above is more caution than is needed. So also be sure not to become paranoid.