And this simply came up because whenever I see the technology taking over, I imagine my own next generation using the technology and falling a victim of something completely uncalled for. And thus, this post.
Millions of people worldwide use online dating services in order to find casual hookups or even a soulmate to engage in a serious relationship. Regardless of whether you are using Match, Tinder or another dating site, we all know that online dating can be annoying and frustrating at times.
You need to be clear to yourself in what kind of experience you’d like to engage – casual dating or looking for a relationship. Just personal advice – don’t go there just to make “friends”!
In order to be successful in online dating, you need to find a person who matches you perfectly. Be aware of the fact that this is not an Amazon for dating – you just can’t look for what you have imagined (objectively) and just go and get it – just because you have the app!
You need to be ready for every possible scenario since you can’t be sure with whom you are making contact. And you need to respect the other person’s choice and consent!
When I said choice and consent, I very consciously have in my mind how most of the sex – offenders are present on online dating websites. While there are a lot of statistics available for how many serial rapists and killers have been misusing the apps, the recent case of Jaipur brings to light that safety measures are to be taken by men and women alike when they decide to find their matches or flings via online dating.
Here are the few things you should always keep in mind when you decide to venture out into online dating:
Keep your chat restricted to the app
There is no point in sharing the number. Blocking wouldn’t help in that case. Similarly, there is no point in a baring way too much that you regret later.
Block any suspicious person
Better be safe than regretting later!
Do online research
Show your stalking skills and take your time to know about the person!
Take your own time to decide whether to meet in person or not!
Always meet in a public place
And if possible, travel with a friend. And no, this is not too much to ask for. I know you can take care of yourself, but then again – why not just play safe!
Don’t get too much intoxicated on the first date
See, you can always read about these pieces of advice but it’s your judgement as well that what all you should do!
It’s okay to get up and leave
If you feel that this is not what you called for or it is too uncomfortable for you, get up and leave.
Be it online or traditional dating, you know that leap of faith is all that it needs. Traditional dating had lesser dangers because you meet your date via “someone you know”. It is just that online dating demands a li’l more attention and carefulness! Despite everything, you might find someone whom you like or, better still, love!