Technology and social media certainly made blind dating the most popular way to meet people and form relationships.
But as fun as these experiences are, it’s also imperative to stay safety-conscious with these few tips:
1. Notify a friend or family
Always make sure to let a close friend or relative know exactly where you will be. Also, give them your date’s contact information. Allow them to check in by phone or text occasionally during the date so they know you’re safe and sound.
2. Run a background check
Fortunately, most platforms will show you if you have mutual friends or some of the people he or she is connected to; check each profile to have an idea of who you are dealing with.
This is just for you to have as much information upfront as possible; the more you know, the safer you’ll be. Information is power.
3. Go prepared
Don’t go on a blind date without enough money, a fully charged mobile phone, and an external power source (i.e. a fully charged power bank).
Always make sure you are in control of how you get to the meeting point and how you get home.
4. Meet in a public place
When you meet someone new, always meet them in a well-lit, public place where there are a lot of people. Not only is it safer to meet in a busy environment, but people may remember you later if something goes wrong.
5. Don’t leave your food or drink unattended
We’ve all heard of people’s food or drink being drugged or tampered with during a date. Leave nothing to chance and make sure you are in control of your food and drink all the time. Also, limit alcohol consumption so you can stay alert and safe.