Alexandria Malcolm ‘17 – Social media apps like Twitter, Tinder, and Hot or Not, are flourishing as places for people to meet their significant other, but just because it is at your disposal to meet someone from across the country, should you?
According to pewresearch.org, the stigma surrounding online dating has recently dwindled, and more and more people are using the internet to find someone. But with that statistic comes the question: What happens when I meet them in person for the first time? What comes next? Will they be everything you imagined? Is this a good idea?
Although most people have no intention of kidnapping you, it is important to make sure that you will be safe when meeting your mysterious online date for the first time.
“I have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and normally I don’t talk to people I don’t know online, but if I did, and I were to meet them, I would go to a public place like a mall,” Kyle Copley ‘18 said. “Somewhere with a lot of people.”
The dangers of meeting your online flirt in real life are something that everyone should consider, but if you wish to purse your online interest, here are some things to keep in mind.
- The first few times, always take a trusted friend/family member with you.
- Tell someone else where you are meeting, at what time you are meeting, and what time you should be back by.
- Don’t give away any personal information until you are 100% positive that this person can be trusted.
- Lastly, and most importantly, make sure that you are comfortable with this person. If you are not walk away from the situation.
Even with keeping these tips in mind, there is never a way to completely ensure your safety, other than keeping online relationship, strictly online.
“I don’t talk to people online that I don’t know, and I don’t think that other people should either, Ashlee Evans ‘19 said. “It isn’t a good idea.”
So remember, next time you wish to pursue an online relationship ask yourself, is it worth it?