Just a few years ago, online dating was still in its infancy. Now, Marla Ahlgrimm says that the vast majority of new relationships begin with a liked photo or a swipe right. But just because it is common does not mean that women can let their guard down. Here are a few online dating safety tips to keep in mind as you search for your soulmate.
Remember, Google is your best friend.
Do your research on the men that you choose to meet. A quick Google or social media search should reveal an active social life. If you find their Facebook, for example, look to see that they are tagged. If they claim to be professional, Marla Ahlgrimm says it’s very easy to check their LinkedIn.
Use a Google voice number.
Google to the rescue again. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, you can get a free Google voice phone number instead of giving out your personal number. This will ensure they can’t find out your personal location and it’s much easier to block if they come across as sketchy.
Marla Ahlgrimm says that video chatting and virtual dates have become very popular during the pandemic. But, even if you don’t plan to socially distance yourself, it’s always a good idea to video-verify that the person in the photos and on the other end of the text messages is the same person that you're meeting for coffee.
Don’t drink and date.
While there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks with close friends, not all of the 50 million people participating in online dating have your best intentions in mind. Stay sober, which Marla Ahlgrimm says will help to ensure that you make healthy decisions for yourself. Wait until you’ve gotten to know your new beau before the margaritas flow.