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How to Stay Safe when Dating Online


When I broke up with my long term boyfriend a few years ago, I encountered some…experiences with online dating. For the most part, I had a great time on adult dating sites and apps, but I also encountered some dodgy people…

With more and more women coming forward at the moment talking about their experiences of sexual harassment, I wanted to write a guide on how to stay safe when dating online, and why it doesn’t have to be an anxiety inducing time for you.


KEEP THE PERSONAL THINGS OFFLINE


Pictures of yourself? Sure, information about your name, gender, age? All fine. Addresses, numbers and email addresses? Not so much. Keep online dating profiles specific to you, but not so specific that you end up finding weird men on your doorstep at 2am…

When it comes to nudes, my opinion is that if you think you can trust this person with them, then go for it. But if you’re a bit dubious, stay away. Sending nudes can be fun, unless you find your titties on the ‘gram in the morning. If you’re in doubt, keep your face out of your pictures, that way you can deny it’s you if the pictures ever crop up again…

MEET IN PUBLIC PLACES


Whether you’re meeting up for sex or a date, always meet them in a public space first. This way, you can get a feel for their character. I know that there’s always a risk when meeting someone and that you don’t always know who they really are, but putting yourself in a public space allows you to dismiss yourself openly and leave under the eyes of others.

PRACTICE SAFE SEX


If you’re literally on the lookout for sex dating (no judgement) then make sure you practice safe sex. Condoms can admittedly be a mood killer, but so can finding out that you have an STD…

Other forms of contraceptive don’t protect you from catching STD’s, so pills are great for avoiding unwanted pregnancies, but condoms are great for avoiding a nasty disease. Always practice safe sex.

OUTLINE WHAT YOU WANT


Usually when you’re talking with someone online, you can be a bit more open with them. When I was talking to potentials dates online, I found it quite easy to be myself. If I would say something cringe, I could just get up, make myself a brew and try to forget what I said haha. My point is that you can be yourself, outline your intentions (just for sex, looking for a relationship etc) and enjoy speaking to someone. It’s all fun at the end of the day!


BE TRUE TO YOURSELF


This, in my opinion, is the most important thing to keep in mind when online dating. It really isn’t worth trying to impress a hot guy if who you’re portraying is not yourself. Talk openly about your likes and dislikes, crack jokes and be open with them. If you’re looking for a relationship, this is super important in terms of finding the right match for you.

Xo

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