Online dating has become a convenient way to meet someone who is essentially a complete stranger. While this is becoming an increasingly convenient method for meeting someone, there is no shortage of su***ious characters in this world and you can never be too cautious with your safety. Maya Chopra, VP of Marketing at Date2Rishta.com, recommends these 6 tips to help you increase your comfort level with the eventual first blind date.
First, be careful with free dating sites. Although you should never have to pay astronomical prices to successfully find an online match, free dating sites don’t require a credit card or any other means to confirm a member’s true identity. This one act alone, leaves a traceable footprint of your potential partner.
Second, have a phone conversation before meeting. Knowing an individual’s phone number leaves an identity trail for potential perpetrators and easily becomes a deterrent for those with ill intentions.
Third, never provide your home or work address. If the first date doesn’t go well, you can easily end the date and ignore phone calls. However, sharing your physical location opens up the door for stalking and other unwanted behaviour.
Fifth, tell a friend. Let somebody close to you know that you are meeting someone for the first time and share the location. Not only does this protect you, but it will give you a topic of conversation the next time you meet up with your friends!
And lastly, trade pictures with your date prior to your meeting. It is a great deterrent for unwanted behaviour when the other individual knows that you have their picture in your possession.
Ms. Chopra clarifies, “Ultimately, you should always be cautious of your environment, but if you follow these tips, you will have created a deterrent for unwanted behaviour as your partner will have left behind an identity trail.”