Online dating has grown in popularity over the years. Now with the ever-evolving technology, several dating apps had emerged to take your online dating to another level. Faster and more reliable matches, so they claimed. But while online dating is starting to be a norm, it is vital to equip ourselves with safety measures in meeting someone we don’t really know. Here are some important tips to help you safely handle your first date in the “real” world.
• Research your new date online
I believe most of us are doing research already. But the question is, are we doing it correctly? Oh, yes. There is a proper and efficient way of doing research. A simple Google search won’t suffice. You must do some crosschecking of the person’s social media accounts such as LinkedIn Facebook, and Instagram. There are several resources online that will share tips on how to do a background check on someone you are dating. Take time to read them as they will be a big help for you.
Using sites like Nuwber to check up on a potential date may come very handy. This can help you verify if his or her dating profile is legit. If you can’t find any information about your date, consider that a red flag. In this day and age, it is next to impossible that a working adult doesn’t have any accounts on social media.
• Meet in Public
Drive yourself or use public transportation to get to your date. Also, have your first date in a public place where a lot of people are around. Choose a busy restaurant or a bustling café in the middle of the city. In case you need to prematurely end your date for any reason, you’ll have several exit routes at your disposal.
• Tell Someone About It
Tell your best friend or a close co-worker about your upcoming meet-up. Specify the location as well as the possible time frame. Decide on a time where you or your friend can call each other after the date. Knowing you have a safety net in case something goes wrong will give you a feeling of security and let you enjoy your date more.
• Be Mindful of the Food and Drinks
Be careful with the food being served on your first date especially if your date volunteered to cook. Online research has found that a third of women would go on dates just for the food. Sure, it might sound romantic that your date would cook for you, but beware. An ingredient you’re allergic to in the dish a person you don’t really know cooked may be the least of possible evils…
So why not go to a cafe of your choice to avoid surprises?
Drinking alcohol may well help you relax and ease the tension. Remember, however, that it’s important to have a clear mind so you can make smart choices and be mindful of your surroundings. Since this will be the first time to personally meet your date, it would be great to remember all the details when the morning comes, right?
• Trust Your Instincts
Like any other important decisions in your life, your instinct will be there as your guide. You may not logically know the reason, but if you feel something is not right, then leave. You are not obliged to finish your date. It is better to end it if you feel that way. It just means the right person for you is still out there.
As much as we want to enjoy the process and thrill of meeting for the first time, staying safe should be our top priority. No matter how much you feel connected to each other on your chats, you should perform a dating background check before deciding to meet. Keeping these tips in mind can surely help you have a successful and safe first date.