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How to Protect Yourself when Dating

When you are actively dating, there are many things you must be concerned about. You likely need to make sure you don’t provide anyone with too much information, and you must protect yourself from heartache as well. However, when you learn different ways to safeguard yourself when you are trying to find a mate, this may help you find the relationship you have been looking for. 

Determine What You Want before you start dating

Before you put yourself out there, you need to be certain that you know what you want and expect when you’re dating. If you are looking for a long-term partner, you should be upfront about this with potential dates. On the other hand, if you are searching for something less serious, you need to be open about this as well. 

Besides that, you have to prepare yourself for rejection. There may be times that you don’t match with someone that you like, or you go on a date with someone and there’s no strong connection between you. In other words, you must prepare yourself for a possible rebuff. While it may not be something you want to deal with, it is conceivable, and it can happen to anyone. To learn more about it, check out articles on rejection

Take Your Time to find a good mate when dating

Something else that you need to consider is that you don’t have to be in a rush. You can take your time searching for a mate, and you may also be cautious when it comes to figuring out if you want to take part in online dating. Once you determine you do, put some thought into what site you wish to use for dating. You may want to read the rules to see what they are and if you are comfortable with them. Some sites may offer you more protection against fake users than others.

Talk First before rushing to a date

When you start meeting people or making matches online, strike up a conversation with your prospective dates. You don’t have to rush into anything, and you can start learning a bit about each other. This may help you determine if you will mesh well together. Since the pandemic hasn’t subsided, it may be necessary to draw this part of your relationship out for a longer amount of time, since you might not be able to meet in person right away. 

When you talk to each other, take note if an individual slips up and contradicts something they told you in the past. This may indicate that they aren’t who they say they are. At that point, you can stop contacting them, and report them to the dating site, if you found them on one. 

A good way to determine if someone is who they are representing themselves to be is to video call them. If they don’t want to show up on the camera or give you numerous excuses why they can’t be seen on their phone, this may give you pause.

 

Don’t Provide Too Much Personal Information to a potential match

Even while you are getting to know someone, it is a good idea to stay guarded. For example, you should keep personal information to yourself when you interact with them. This means never tell them where you work, your address, or specific information of the like. If a person is trying to scam you, these details may make it easier to find you. 

Additionally, refrain from giving anyone money or other gifts. This can be another indication that they are not who they say they are. This is also true if you met your date in a bar or another place. If anyone has sad stories and little else when they talk to you, this may be a red flag. 

Meet at a Public Place (at least for your first date)

As you are planning to meet your date for the first time, you need to be careful as well. You should agree to meet at the café or restaurant, instead of riding with each other. It may be even more beneficial to tell a friend or two where you are, so in case something happens to you, they can alert the authorities. Moreover, a friend might offer to give you a ride and make sure you get to your date safely, which can be a weight off your shoulders. Some experts recommend meeting in the daytime, since this may be a safer route. 

When it comes to dating safely, there are ways that you can accomplish this. One of the most important aspects is to take your time finding the right site or location to find a date, investing time into learning about your date, and speaking to each other for a while, so you can learn more about one another.

Even when it is time to meet up, you should continue to protect yourself. If you do end up finding your mate while being overly cautious, perhaps you can both laugh one day about all the safeguards you took. 

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!