- Searching for a compatible partner has never been easier thanks to online dating.
- Online dating can be a fun and exciting way to meet new people but it comes with its risks.
- You can stay safe online by following a few simple steps such as using a trustworthy site or app, not giving out personal information, and erring on the side of caution.
These days, many people are finding love online. In fact, according to RAINN, more than 40 million Americans are using dating services and apps. With this expansive dating pool available, gone are the days of being set up by your best friend or your Mom.
However, conversing and meeting a stranger online or through an app can be a risky endeavor. After all, dating apps don’t require background checks on their users. This means it’s up to you to determine whether you’re comfortable meeting someone offline. Here are 13 safety tips to consider when online dating.
Use a Trustworthy Site or App
There are thousands of online dating sites and apps to choose from and fraud is a serious problem you have to be wary of. So, how can you choose a trustworthy platform?
For starters, Safewise says you can often depend on larger more reputable sites to protect your information. Some of these may include Tinder, Bumble, Match.com, and others. The source points out, “Most of these safe online dating services require a membership fee, so choose wisely.”
It’s also a good idea to read reviews about the site or app and talk to friends or family about their experiences. The source also says don’t forget to delete your profile once you stop using the dating services.