A Tinder Love Affair: Tips To Staying Safe When Meeting Your Matches
For many people today, online dating has become the best way to meet new people. Whether you are looking for something serious or a fun and casual relationship, there is no shortage of sites and apps to choose from, including the hugely popular Tinder.
Tinder is an excellent way to meet new people since it shows you all the other users in your area. All you need to do is swipe left on people you’re not interested in and swipe right if you like what you see. If two users swipe right on each other’s profiles, they can start chatting. But, meeting up with people from Tinder that you’ve never met in real life isn’t without its risks. Keep these tips in mind – they could save your life.
These tips will guide you when meeting potential Tinder dates…
#1. Lockdown your social media profiles
Tinder gives you the option to connect your profile to social networks like Instagram. However, it’s worth declining the option to do this and locking down your social media profiles instead. There have been several online dating horror stories where people from Tinder have managed to find out where somebody lives or works after finding them on social media, and have harassed them in their personal life after being rejected! It’s always best to keep your social profiles as private as possible so that you can personally accept Tinder matches as friends when you trust them enough.
#2. Run a background check
Running a background check on somebody that you met on Tinder might feel a little extreme. But the truth is that it is the best way to get information on somebody who might not be as forthcoming about as you’d hoped. If somebody is pretending to be who they aren’t or have a criminal record that they’ve been quiet about, you can find this information by searching for them on Nuwber. This allows you to make a more informed decision about whether or not you’d like to carry on with meeting in person.
#3. Get to know them first
Don’t dive straight into meeting somebody that you’ve matched with on Tinder. Give it some time so that you can get to know them better by messaging and calling. It’s a good idea to arrange a video call with them over Skype, Zoom, or Facetime before arranging to meet in person. This offers you a safe way to have a face-to-face meeting with someone, making it easier for you to decide the kind of vibe you’re getting from them in person.
#4. Do a reverse image search
Catfishes might be entertaining, but it can be scary if you turn up on a date and the person waiting for you is not who you expected. A reverse image search of the photos that they have uploaded to their dating profile will bring up any other matching images online, allowing you to easily see if it’s actually them or if they’ve used a celebrity’s photo instead.
#5. Arrange a public meeting
Finally, if you are still happy to go ahead with meeting up with your Tinder match, it is always best to arrange to meet them in public places like a restaurant or coffee shop. Being in public means that you can easily leave if you feel threatened or unsafe at any point.
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