Things To Keep In Mind Before Engaging In Online Dating

What’s the worst thing that could happen? A few things: you might end up meeting a sociopath, sexually transmitted diseases, or even death. But all of those are minor risks to take, considering how many people come out on the other side of online dating unscathed. No matter your age or relationship status, online dating is becoming increasingly prevalent.

While the idea of finding love on your phone might seem like a dream come true, it isn’t without its risks. Here are some things you should keep in mind before engaging in the worldwide dating scene:

  • Get to know about essential aspects:

Under no circumstances should someone who has spent their time using online dating apps be accused of any crime. It is not your responsibility to educate yourself about potential red flags and alert others when something does seem amiss. Let them police themselves first; it’s not your responsibility to support a criminal or worry about collateral damage from an operation gone wrong.

  • Never provide your info:

Don’t give out your personal information too soon while dating on If someone asks for your name right away, they’re up to no good, and you should stay away from them. On the other hand, if the person seems genuine and does a proper introduction by asking about something unique about you or one of your interests that they picked up from reading through some of your social media profiles, then it’s only polite to reciprocate.

  • Trust your instincts:

Just because someone’s friendliness is hard to pass up doesn’t mean you should reciprocate. If it feels like someone faked their way into the app and they’re only looking for something superficial, don’t be afraid to say no. This is an online service with more than one million users; there will always be another connection in the sea of opportunities presented by online dating. If someone seems strange, move on and try again later.

  • Use some common sense:

Don’t reply to someone with whom you have no connection. Although it’s common for people to send messages to random contacts to see if they have anyone they match up with, it’s time-consuming and doesn’t give you any guarantees of a genuine person on the other end of the line. You don’t want to waste your time, so just do yourself a favor and move on.

  • Beware of scammers:

Anyone who claims that they’re genuinely interested in you and is hoping for a quick reply from you has probably set up a false profile just for the sake of luring unsuspecting individuals into their trap. Just because someone has “friends” in common with you doesn’t mean that one of them would be genuine. If they ask you out, or at the least, submit their information and photos to your profile, then they’re most likely scammers.

  • Be careful who you trust:

If someone is trying to have a long-distance relationship with you, then it’s probably not real. Online dating apps are convenient and easy ways to meet people, but it’s easy to find yourself in situations where you’ve been duped by someone who wanted to get into your pants. The person who needs you to send pictures might be a pervert who’s trying to compromise your account; they could also be attempting to find out your social security number.

  • Never share your SSN:

Even if someone says they’re looking for something serious, never tell them what it is. Plenty of people out there claims that they’re in the military and use their experience as a ruse for finding women. Never give out information about anything, especially if you feel like this might be some type of scam.

  • Avoid spam:

When someone who’s almost a perfect match for you sends you a message, don’t respond to it. This might be a ploy to get you on their list of contacts so that they can spam everyone with the same message. Even if it seems like this person is genuine and seems like someone who really could be your soul mate, don’t let your guard down. Whether or not they have a great personality or they’re attractive, there’s no hurry to respond to them right away. Instead, take some time and make sure that they’re someone you want to talk to; if not, then say nothing at all.

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  • Don’t trust anyone blindly:

It might not be true if someone says they’re a younger version of you. Someone could have made up a profile on the app just for the sake of getting attention from the public. If this is the case, all you’d have to do is block them, and their profile will be deleted. To find out how to delete your online dating profile, check out this link.

  • Be careful who you trust:

Does a potential partner know too much about you? The answer to this question should determine whether or not it’s necessary to tell you secrets that you don’t necessarily want everyone else in the world to know. When you give out personal information online, whether it’s your email, social security number, or full name, then you’re liable for anyone who can figure out your secret to steal from you. So you need to be careful about who you trust and how much information they know about your life.

How Should A Person Be With The Date?

Don’t make a new acquaintance feel awkward for asking for a photo of yourself or why they want to meet someone. For example, if someone sends you a message asking for your phone number, that’s entirely different; however, if they ask for a photo of your face because they want to talk to you, reply with one of your own. Otherwise, don’t waste their time and keep them at arm’s length.

If you’re having trouble getting your point across to a match, then perhaps you should try to be more detailed and specific. Rather than saying they’re “hot,” try telling them that they have great eyes or something else unique. The more specific compliment you give someone, the easier it will be for them to respond to you with an equally positive response.

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John Willis is a graduate of Developmental Communication from the University of the Philippines. He works for as the editorial manager of the team.