So you have decided to sign up for online dating for the first time. You feel that you’re ready to swipe right and find the right guy waiting out there, just for you! But, to the uninitiated, the burgeoning world of online dating can look a bit daunting, if one is unsure about how to navigate it. So here are some basic things that you should bear in mind when you have just started using online apps:
Know the pitfalls
Have you heard of breadcrumbing, catfishing, ghosting and roaching? If you haven’t, get yourself familiar with the modern online dating jargon. These are the risks that you may face while trying to find love online. Some of these obnoxious dating trends can wreak serious psychological havoc as well, according to experts. So beware, and read up on these. Knowledge, as they say, is power.
Keep an open mind
Yes, online dating helps you reach people from all corners of the world. You are no longer restricted to a fixed pool of suitors, mostly recommended by your friends and largely confined to your postcode. But be ready to face all kinds of prospective dates – some can be nice, others annoying as hell. So keep an open mind – not everyone you come across in the online dating world is going to make you feel good.
Don’t stalk or snoop around
Of course you should do your homework or research on a person whom you find interesting. It’s normal to hunt for more details about that particular person if you want to take your online dating to the next level. In other words, you need to do some basic research before you’re comfortable meeting him. For instance, check his profile on various online platforms. But don’t overdo it – just make sure your research doesn’t reach obsessive limits.
Much is being written about how social media and other online platforms are encroaching on our private space – questions are being raised about how our personal data are being kept safe in the online domain. So consult a cybersecurity expert, if you must, regarding how to keep your personal information safe on dating sites so that you don’t fall prey to pranksters or people with malafide intentions.
Continue offline dating
Trying online dating doesn’t mean that you need to give up on offline dating. Continue meeting people through friends and acquaintances as well. Always keep your options open.