Modern dating is tough. The most popular way to meet somebody is to use an online dating app. No matter which service you use, it’s important to know who you’ve really matched with before you decide to meet them in person.
Here are 6 things you need to know when using an online dating app:
1. Get to know each other before meeting face-to-face.
Take your time in getting to know your match before you schedule a first date. Whether it takes two weeks or two months to become fully familiar with who you’re talking to, it’s better to know who you’re about to meet than to jump right into seeing this person.
2. Add them on social media.
Adding your match on Facebook and Instagram will enable you to glance into your match’s personal life. Adding him/her on Snapchat can help you avoid getting catfished, too, because every post is shared in real-time.
And if he/she can’t be found on any social media platforms, then something might be up.
3. Perform a reverse phone number lookup to make sure the person you’re talking to is who they claim to be.
To be extra cautious, punch your match’s phone number into a background check service, like Kiwi Searches. The reverse directory will show you the name, location, and even jail records of the person you’re researching. Performing a search like this will give you peace of mind in knowing your match is who he/she really claims to be.
4. Meet somewhere public.
Whether it’s at a restaurant, a mini golf course, or a movie theater, plan your first date in a public space. Avoid meeting him/her for the first time at an unknown location or his/her house. If something goes wrong, you can easily get out of there.
5. Let a friend or family member know where you’re going before you arrive.
Sharing your location is as easy as dropping a pin or texting the address of the meeting spot. You may even want to consider bringing a friend or planning a double date in case you’re nervous about going alone.
And last but not least…
6. Trust your gut!
If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t feel awkward about leaving if you feel awkward or uncomfortable. Excuse yourself, get up, and go! Your comfort and security is more valuable than a bad date.
Be sure to do your research on your match before you meet them in person. Remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
How do you stay careful when using online dating apps? Have you ever been catfished? Let us know in the comments below.