Smart and Safe Dating: How to Have Fun and Stay Out of Trouble
The world of dating expands and gets more adventurous online, but you want to be responsible all the same. Therefore, a mixture of smart and safe actions is needed during digital, verbal, and other types of intercourse.
It’s no fantasy that men and women get horny and seek sexual partners, but get real when it comes to meeting a stranger. Though it could immediately satisfy a yearning, do you really trust a person who is actively looking for sex through a dating app or online service? As with remembering to use contraception in the throes of passion, keep your mind about you and passions tempered when seeking dates online.
Do an Image Search
Google allows users to search for a given image. Drag an image over to image search and see what comes up. If a potential mate is not who they say they are, for example, you’ll be able to find things about the ‘real’ them or stumble upon other fake profiles.
Do a Reverse Phone Lookup
If you come across a weird stalker type, do a reverse phone lookup. Basically, if you have a phone number, email, or street address, you can get more information. Don’t be intimidated by a potential match gone awry. If you’ve getting strange texts and feel uncomfortable, let a reverse phone lookup service help you identify the person.
Don’t Meet at a Strange Place
There’s no reason a date should want to meet in a secluded forest or at a seedy hotel. Asking to meet at a strange place should put up a red flag. Meet at a crowded, public area at first and don’t stay if you come to find more than one thing mentioned is false (they look nothing like their picture, etc.)
Take Note of Surroundings
Even when meeting in a public place, take note of the surroundings. See if anyone is watching you and be aware of the other person’s body posture. If your intuition tells you something is off, don’t wait for physical proof. Excuse yourself and drive away.
Tell a Friend
Tell a friend or family member about the meeting spot. Have a friend track your phone or text you every few hours to ensure you’re okay. Since anyone could technically pose as you via text, use a safe-word only you and a friend know or call them.
Wait a Few Days
Even if it seems like you’re hitting it off, wait to meet. Unless another person can vouch for them, there’s no harm in ensuring the person maintains a sane and stable personality over the course of a couple days. And it’s even better if texting graduates to calls to get a better sense of their personality.
Ask to be their friend on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Inquire about their work to check on LinkedIn or search for their business’ name. You don’t need to cyber-stalk them; just ensure their story checks out.
Alice Hargreaves is a single Mom raising 2 kids. She enjoys writing articles about raising kids right, teaching them all the necessary information they need to know to turn into well-rounded adults.