Truth be told, I’m kinda old school when it comes to affairs of heart, I do not see the internet (i.e. dating websites) and other associated apps as the way to go. I just find the concept of connecting with strangers in the digital world in the hopes of finding love in the physical world as being a little strange. You just never know exactly what you are getting yourself into as someone can go out and create a very appealing and fictitious profile made out of ulterior motives.
Thats not to say that taking the digital avenue as a way to find love is a big no no. I have come across a couple, who met on Tinder, have been going very steady for a few months and are now very madly in love!
Tinder is one the avenues that people are using these days to find their “perfect match”. Without having used the app myself, from what I have seen and heard, all it takes is a swipe left to pass on someone and a swipe right to like a person. If a person you like likes you back, a match is made and from there on in, its up to the connectors to take things further or not.
As already mentioned above, meeting people in this way can work wonders for some but for others, encounters with their “match” is them walking into a living nightmare. A few incidents involving Kiwi women have come to light of dates which have originated on Tinder going horribly wrong. These incidents have included the death of a young woman and more recently, the alleged gang rape of another.
This is not to say that you should stop using such apps and services if they are your cup of tea. However, what you should do is to make sure you keep yourself safe and especially so when crossing from the digital space into the physical realm.
The moral of the story is, take care of yourself in the digital realm especially if the relationship moves into the physical world. A certain amount of due diligence is required so that you have a good idea about what you are getting into and that you do not become a statistic. In the case of Tinder, they have some tips of steps to take to keep yourself safe. These include steps such as getting to know your match, meeting in public and telling someone about the meet up (Tinder’s safety tips can be found here).
Do you have any other suggestions on how to protect yourself in the digital world?