Dating apps, short for dating applications is a term used to define applications found in mobile devices that are into hooking up. Its one of the staple applications for people that are out in the world looking for love. These dating apps provide convenience to the user to be able to open the app as they please and have the opportunity to get a date anytime and anywhere.
Although its very popular, the fact that you’re actually letting yourself being open to another stranger is actually a risk in terms of privacy and personal space. Although it’s easy to start and use these apps, there are actually unwritten laws on how to manage these sites properly. Below you can find a few of those unwritten laws.
Never give out your address: While its okay to give out your phone number, never ever provide your address to a complete stranger. A meet up place would suffice, going into your house is too brash and will expose you to risks. Keep in mind you’re still meeting a stranger. Although it applies to kids not to talk to strangers, giving them your address is much worse than talking to one.
Meet up in places that have a lot of people that can see you: For your safety, make sure to only meet up or only agree to meet up in places where there’s a lot of people that can see you both. And preferably in places where there security cameras watching you like cafes and restaurants. By going into these places, it will make you safer. No offense against your date, but at times like these, you can never be too sure. Tell them that it’s for their safety as well too.
Never provoke a person: When you’re in this “doubt” mode when you’re going on a date, you tend to be pretty straightforward and doubtful like anything that a person will tell you is like a lie which should not be the case. Its okay to ask a personal question even on a first date just be nice when you ask and give your date the benefit of the doubt.
Bring someone on your first date: If you’re in doubt but you really want to meet the person, bring someone. But before you do, ask if its okay to the other party. If they are okay then bring your significant other, if they don’t want you to, still ring your significant other and tell them to be on a spy/watcher mode. Usually, your best friend will agree to this.
Online dating might be easy and convenient but it also opens people on various privacy and security risks that they have never experienced before. Keep in mind that there are people that lie about their personal details. So to be sure, its better to be cautious and part of that is to not give out your address, agree to meet up in a crowded place with a security camera, never provoke the person and bring someone along if possible. Usually, these risks can be minimized if the dating apps used are credible.