In the last few years, the number of people using dating apps and hookup sites has skyrocketed. An estimated 40 million Americans are using them to connect with people. However, despite the platform you are using to find love or a hookup buddy, one thing that still poses a challenge is the safety of users. These apps and sites connect you to hundreds of thousands of other people. But while some are genuine with their intentions, others, not so much. So how can you ensure that you stay safe and still get to connect with people online? Here are a few tips to help.
Choose The App and Site Carefully
When it comes to choosing the best hookup sites or dating apps for you, it is good to read reviews and compare sites. Dating apps vary in terms of features and options. So before you settle on one app, research the features first to see whether it is something that works for you. One of the major features you should check in an app or site is the blocking and reporting feature. You are bound to run into a few weirdos here and there. Having the option to report and block a toxic person not only protects you but other users as well.
Check out Someone’s Social Media
If someone has connected their dating profile to their social media accounts, you can check them out. This is important to ensure you are not being catfished. Unfortunately, there are psychopaths out there who download pictures from other people’s social media accounts and use them to trick others. This has seen a lot of people being catfished in online dating apps. If you cannot find someone’s social media handle, you can request them to give you one once you start talking. Someone genuine will have no issues giving out their social media handles.
Wait Until You Are Comfortable
Whether you are looking for a hookup or potential partner, wait until you are comfortable before meeting with someone. In an online dating app or hookup site, you are likely to run into all types of profiles such as,’ swipe left if you do not want to meet up,’ ‘not looking for a friend,’ ‘only interested in serious relationships’ or ‘interested in one-night stands.’ Everyone has their own intentions for joining a certain app or site. However, that should not pressure you into meeting someone you are not ready for. Connect with people who want the same thing as you, as it will save you a lot of unnecessary conversation. Do not feel embarrassed about wanting to wait long before meeting someone.
If you meet someone for the first time, do so in public. Even if you are meeting someone for a hookup, you can first meet them at a public place, get to know them in person, then proceed somewhere private. If you notice some red flags at any time during your encounter, walk away from that situation.
Online dating and hookup sites have opened an opportunity to connect with more people without having to leave the house. However, it has opened doors to creeps as well. Practicing a little caution will go a long way in keeping you safe.