5 Safety Tips for Online Dating and Meeting New People

AD| Throughout 2020 and 2021, the modern world of dating has completed changed and has impacted the way we meet new people. Single people are connecting digitally with others and spending much more time using online dating sites to meet people with similar interests — even more so due to the coronavirus pandemic we have all experienced. 

Meeting people online can be sometimes be dangerous, especially if you aren't careful and follow certain precautions, but it's definitely become more common and more normal than ever before. There are a number of ways in which you can safely begin online dating and making sure you are meeting up with genuine people. So, here are five top tips for how you can have a positive online dating experience and meet new people in a comfortable, safe way.


 If possible, it's definitely important to avoid giving out too much personal and private information when you begin talking to new people online. This could include things such as  your full name, address, phone number, email address and work/education locations. When you think about, they people you meet online are pretty much strangers, and you obviously don't want them to know too much about you, until you are happy and comfortable to open up more or answer more personal questions when you meet up face-to-face.

Take enough time to get to know the other person before agreeing to meet up in real life. Ask them questions, find out more about their character/personality and make sure they have plenty of photographs that are actually the same person. This allows you to make sure they are genuine and who they say they are. Many dating apps help with this as they install voice/video calling features, allowing you to connect with others instantly.

 Meeting up in a well-known area is a key factor in dating safely, as things helps to avoid being alone with someone, somewhere you don't know. Most people will feel more confident and comfortable meeting in a place where you've been before, especially if you're feeling nervous or anxious about meeting for the first time. If possible, try to meet during the daytime, as areas will be busier and you won't have any lighting issues due to daylight. If you're both only available in the evening, choose a place that's fairly busy and filled with other individuals at the time you're planning to meet to avoid being alone and at potential risk.

 Something else to consider when online dating/meeting up, is discussing your ideal relationships or what your intentions are with each other to make sure you're both on the same page, whether that's just taking things slowly, getting into a relationships or just looking for sexual activities/partners. Nowadays, many people use generic sites like Tinder or Hinge, but you can also find someone with similar interests online using specific websites and apps including sissy bdsm, sissy dating. You will obviously spend time researching the BDSM community, and make sure to use a trustworthy site if you're looking for something a little more specific. If this is what you're looking for online, then it's extremely important to know how to be safe, or not be hurt during these dating endeavours. From discussing what you like and what you don't like, making sure both parties are comfortable in any activities etc. With any sexual activity, it's important to make sure to use the correct protection, make sure you're enjoying what's going on and to feel strong enough to say no to things you don't want to do or don't feel comfortable with doing.

Probably one of the biggest safety rules you can follow is to trust your instincts. The majority of the time if you feel something is too good to be true, odd comments or behaviour, or you just feel something is off and uncomfortable, you're probably right. If you ever feel like you're not safe or you're in an uncomfortable situation, it's best to leave and get out of there as quickly as possible to avoid any potential dangers. It's always important to make sure that several people know exactly who you're with, where you're going and when to ensure if anything does happen, they can come and help you avoid any risky situations.

Have you used dating sites or apps to meet anyone new recently? What other safety tips do you have/use?

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