Dating apps like Tinder make it common to meet people online. However, you need to be a little cautious before going out with some random stranger.
So if you’re going on a date with someone you haven’t met in real life yet, consider doing these things before you go:
- An amateur background check - Some argue that doing any online research about your perspective date can ruin the experience of “organically getting to know someone,” but keep in mind - you’re going out with a complete stranger and they could be all kinds of sketchy. So ask for a last name, look them up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and do a quick Google search to avoid any huge red flags.
- Ask plenty of questions - It’s tempting to jump at the chance to meet up with someone after a day of chatting, but it never hurts to spend more time getting to know them in back-and-forth exchanges online first. Taking it slow is a good thing.
- Plan for the worst case scenario - Have an excuse on the ready in case things take a turn for the worst and you need a quick exit. Also, make sure you tell a friend where you’re going and what your date’s name is, So someone knows, just in case.
- Pay attention to anything that seems off - Trust your gut and listen to your intuition about anything that doesn’t feel right to you. Most people are just looking to meet someone, but you can never be too careful.