Tools for Safer Online Dating
Online dating is one of the greater inventions of recent years. More convenient and far reaching than traditional personals, you can really get to know someone before you meet. You can even get a good look at compatibility through nothing but their profile, depending on how well they have filled theirs out.
The main problem comes from two areas: safety and dishonesty. More than one person has been fooled into thinking the person they are speaking to is different than the reality. Or you might come across someone who has issues and presents a danger.
Because of these two factors, many people are nervous about online dating. Which is why having some tools on hand to make sure you are safe is always a good idea.
While it isn’t a tool you might normally think of, it is a handy one. Google offers voice chat, video chat and even phone numbers you can register for safe contact without giving away too many details. That makes it easier to communicate with a potential date in a safe way, while you get too know one another even if you are far away!
The best part is that most of these are free features, and the phone numbers themselves are very cheap to use, and free if you use voice chat. You can even do full video calling so you can speak face to face.
This is a great extension that you can use to better customize and simplify your OKCupid account. It works by letting you filter information, hide profiles and search more quickly by age, orientation and more. You can also get extended data through the extension itself.
Simple, but helpful. Being able to hide profiles means you can keep track of the people you don’t want to contact.
In the end the greatest tools you have at your disposal are your instincts. If something feels wrong get out of there. Don’t second guess yourself. That is the best possible way you have of staying safe while seeking a relationship with someone you meet online.
But the tools above can really help you, as well. Even by just creating a little distance until you get to know one another.