Dating safety tips for college students

Dating sites and apps have gotten increasingly popular among college students like us over the last few years.Maybe you’ve found yourself creating an Ok Cupid account or taking Tinder more seriously when you had originally got the app just for fun. After all, you never really know whom you’re talking to.Playing detective might feel excessive, but you’re always better safe than sorry.Nina*, a senior at Duke University, took all the precautions she could before meeting up with people from dating sites.“Use reputable dating sites that offer the ability to email prospective dates using a service that conceals both parties’ true email addresses,” Neate says.Stewart recommends Match.com, Ok Cupid, Tinder, JDate and Christian Mingle, which are all owned by reputable, large companies.I wanted to be sure he was who he said he was.” Spokeo is a people search engine that combines information from various online sources, and there are many other platforms like it.“There are about 10,001 background search companies out there,” Stewart says.

Like with anything you do on the Internet, “there is risk of identity theft, financial fraud, trolling/internet stalking, catfishing and general safety issues when meeting someone you don't know,” says Gina Stewart, an online dating expert.If you think you’re being too careful, you’re probably doing it right.“If the person starts asking you for personal details too soon, being pushy about where he or she wants to meet up, or seeming too good to be true, do your homework,” Stewart says.Annie*, a sophomore at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been on a handful of dates with people she met on Tinder.“I always agreed to meet someone at a restaurant in [my college town] so I could walk myself there and back, which is a lot safer than going to a stranger's house,” Annie says.

Leave a Reply