What to Know Before Using Dating Apps

Dating apps are often perceived as un-romantic, anathema and dangerous. However, they are a good tool that should be viewed as beneficial instead of taboo. Indeed, you just need to have your guard up and be smart with online dating, but taking a little risk is necessary with certain things. The following pointers can help you navigate the many apps out there and prepare you to give it a try. 

 

 

  1. 1. Different apps for different purposes

    Some apps are designed for casual hookups, some are for making friends, and some are for people looking for a serious committed relationship. It would be best to pick the one that matches what you are looking for.

  2. 2. Express what you’re looking for

    Make your intentions clear. Why are you on the app? Are you looking for something casual, or serious? It’s better for both of you to be clear about that from the start to avoid messy situations later.

  3. 3. People are going to be rude, but don’t let it discourage you

    People will be unpleasant but ignore or report them if it’s over the top. Don’t take it personally and don’t let it discourage you. There are some genuine people on there, so give it a chance. 

  4. 4. Go on dates

    Meeting new people is a fun experience, and if it doesn’t go well, that’s okay. You haven’t lost anything and only gained experience for another time. However, let someone know when and where the date is happening, just to be extra safe. When joining for the first time, being in a public space is always preferred. A good idea is to put a time limit on the date too. For example, tell them you must leave at a certain time to do something else, that way there is a non-awkward way out if things aren’t going well. 

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  5. 5. Be yourself

    If they don’t want you, they’re not worth it. There are plenty of fish in the sea... and people on online dating apps. Another good idea is to not get attached too quickly to the person you are texting or meeting up with to avoid the heartbreak or disappointment if things go south.

  6. 6. If they don’t want you, they’re not worth it

    There are plenty of fish in the sea... and people on online dating apps. Another good idea is to not get attached too quickly to the person you are texting or meeting up with to avoid the heartbreak or disappointment if things go south. There’s no need to take it personally or get offended. Everything happens for a reason, so let it go if it’s not meant to be. 

To conclude, dating apps are said to diminish human touch. However, it is a different and new way to engage with people in an era were technology and social media dominate. Take advantage of these elements to gain experience and have fun with it too.