Updated on – 13:34, Monday – 21 November 22
Representative Image While the whole idea of online dating sounds fun and cool, it certainly has its risks. Since the beginning of the relationship happens virtually where it is easy to impersonate others, it is vital to keep your guard up.
Hyderabad: Technology changed everything for humans: the way we work, the way we study, the way we communicate and the way we go out. From social networking sites like Instagram, Twitter, and even LinkedIn, to online dating apps like Bumble, Hinge, and Tinder, you can find your match anywhere.
While the whole idea of online dating sounds fun and cool, it certainly has its risks. Since the beginning of the relationship happens virtually where it is easy to impersonate others, it is vital to keep your guard up.
Here are some tips you can use to navigate safely in the first few days after finding a match.
Keep it minimal
All dating apps ask when they profile you for your name, picture, and some of your interests. When uploading your image, it’s best to use an image that you haven’t uploaded to any other social media platform. Make sure the images don’t give away any personal information, such as where you live and where you work.
For name, never provide your full name that appears on all your official documents. Use a pseudonym if you want, or just use your name. Many apps also give you the option to use just the first letter of your name. Share interests that aren’t too specific to your location.
Check them out online
When you match someone online, try to see if they have any fingerprints. Check if they have public social media accounts and compare the information they share with you. It just gives you an idea of the person and how true he is.
Don’t tell everything
While it’s exciting to find someone you can connect with online, it’s important to be cautious. Never share your whole life story with the person you met online in the first few days.
Take your time until you are more than sure they are trustworthy. Refrain from sharing on your other social networks initially.
Keep a friend informed
If you decide to meet with them in person, make sure you’ve made at least two video calls beforehand. Choose a public place to meet where help can arrive quickly.
And all the while, from swiping right to meeting them in person, keep your friend in the loop. Be sure to share your location live.
Check for red flags
Even after you’ve met the person a few times, or you’ve moved on to dating, be careful with people you’ve met online. It could all be an act that would fall one day.
Insist on meeting people they care about, like close friends and family. Note any suspicious activity and report it immediately.
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