It’s shocking that even in today’s day and age, we women still have to worry about our safety when dating much more than men do.
As frustrating as it may be, thinking about safety is an important part of dating.
So, how do women stay safe when going on Tinder dates?
Tell a friend where you’ll be, and turn on location sharing
This ensures that someone always knows where you actually are vs. where you said you’ll be.
If they see your location is wildly different to what you planned and they don’t hear from you, they’ll know to contact the authorities.
Turn on the “Find My Friends app” to make sure they can always see where you are.
Do a reverse Google image search on their photos
There’s a reason why Catfish is such a popular show – people use fake pics to lure dates. You really can’t trust someone who is using a fake photo.
Have a video chat before you meet for sex
Again, this allows you to confirm that they are who they say they are and gives you a chance to see if you get any weird red flags from their behaviour.
Before you meet for sex, have a video chat to get to know the person.
Always meet in a busy public place
Sure, a romantic stroll through the woods sounds pleasant, but you don’t know this person! Meet in a busy public location, ideally during the day.
If you do decide to go home with someone, tell a friend
If the date goes well and you end up going home with them, text a friend and let them know. If possible, include the address and name of your date (this is also one of our tips in our safe sex guide).
Thousands of people meet on Tinder every day and the vast majority of dates go smoothly.
Remember – it is always better to be safe than sorry! Meet in public, arrange a video call in advance, and keep a friend updated about your location.
Here’s a recap of our tips for staying safe when going on tinder dates:
- Tell a friend where you’ll be, and turn on location sharing
- Do a reverse Google image search on their photos
- Have a video chat before you meet in person
- Always meet in a busy public place
- If you do decide to go home with someone, tell a friend