You’ve been indoors for a while now but that didn’t set you back. There’s this really cool online crush you met during the course of this thing called social distancing. Conversations have been lit and they’ve helped you fight boredom and loneliness. Indeed, online dating has its perks.
Things have gotten pretty serious and now you’re talking about meeting up soon, with the pandemic winding down. As excited and hopeful as you are, you are also cautious, and this is well founded. It isn’t paranoia to be careful in these streets, at least the movies should have taught us a thing or two. As much as you feel like you’ve known this person all your life, you don’t.
We have curated some tips to arm yourself with if you’re planning to meet up with your online crush soon. These tips will show you how to online date safely and ultimately, help make your online dating experience much better.
Here are 6 online dating tips to help you meet your crush safely…
#1. Choose an open place to meet your online crush
This isn’t the time to become mysterious, choosing somewhere in the outskirts or an
unfamiliar ground, neither is it a great idea to meet them in their house. We don’t want a case of hostages and/or missing persons. On the bright side, if the relationship goes well, eventually there’ll be sufficient time for visiting but until then choose an open spot. If they decline then that’s your queue.
#2. Channel your inner detective
Remember how you found out your ex was cheating? and how you ruined your birthday surprise by being a step further with information? Here’s totally where you should put those skills to use. This could be a bonus and help you know your online crush’s interests, besides, it could also influence your venue choice, how? You no doubt found out his favorite restaurant, and now he is elated as you “coincidentally” suggest that as your preferred meeting venue. That’s right *winks*.
#3. Ask questions
Don’t be shy, safety first. After your well-needed comprehensive research, you might want to run some questions by your online crush to see if the answers tally. Just be smooth so you don’t come off as being nosy or too eager.
#4. Share your location and plans with someone you trust
There are apps that can do this but it’s also effective to have a talk with a friend or family member. Drop your online crush’s details with them and the venue for your date and update your friend/family as plans change. This is not the right time to go solo and MIA. Just like in the movies, your date could be a serial killer or a psychopath for all we care.
#5. Always have ‘vex’ money
Irrespective of gender, have extra cash in case your date decides to “forget their wallet,” ditch the date after you’ve ordered or you might want to eat something outside the budget. Before you choose to be Garfield, remember this is a date with your online crush, not some hunger rescue mission. I mean, you were asked to stock up on food during the self-isolation period, you can’t be that hungry.
#6. Have a departure plan – in case things go south
It gets complicated when you have to change venues, so try making reservations
beforehand. Plan to exit on your own. If things don’t go as planned, it would be liberating to know that you had your exit all planned out, it’s harder to do that if you need a ride from them. It is wise to decline when offered to be dropped off at home.
Meeting people online has become as common as going grocery shopping but we can’t be oblivious of its impending dangers. As much as you’re eager to meet that perfect online crush that might end up being the one, it’s expedient to do it cautiously. Stay safe!
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