We are going through a worldwide pandemic and keeping safe is our number 1 priority. As a result of the pandemic online dating statistics have risen dramatically since lockdown. In the current climate it is one of the easiest ways to meet new people whether you are looking for love or companionship. But how to do it safely?
Today, people are time-poor, and we rely on our digital devices to help us manage our schedules, our busy lives, and how we connect and interact with others. Digital devices act as a window to the rest of the world, including our relationships. This is even more the case where online dating is concerned.
While this can be convenient, it also comes with its own risks. Like any form of dating, meeting up with strangers isn’t always plain-sailing and this is also the case online. Online dating requires the exchange of a certain level of information which, if placed in the wrong hands, can be misused.
The boundary between online dating and the real world can very easily be blurred. Information about home addresses, once shared, can very quickly result in strangers turning up, personal information and sensitive photos can very easily turn into blackmail opportunities.
But don’t panic! You don’t have to reduce any online dating activities but do exercise caution just as you would if you were meeting people face to face.
Take things at your own pace. Only send photos you feel comfortable sending, and don’t feel pressured to meet at a time or location you feel unsafe at. Some of the work we do here with CASWA focus on knowing what values are important to us as an individual. Being aware of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour before starting on this dating journey. It can help in recognising when someone has overstepped the mark. It also helps stop boundaries becoming blurred.
Dating is always a risk, but the reward of finding someone who is genuinely interested in you, shares your lifestyle or beliefs, and respects your boundaries can be amazing. Knowing how to keep yourself safe while on this journey to healthy love is the best thing to ensure you will find someone who treats you with dignity and respect.
Check out the Online Dating Association for more safety tips and advice and our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information from CASWA