There’s no set amount of time required before meeting a person you matched with on a dating app.
Beware if they won’t share basic information about themselves before meeting such as their full name or what they do for work.
If you’re unsure about the person in general, try speaking on the phone before meeting. Their voice can help you decide if you feel comfortable meeting them.
Save chivalry for later and never agree to be picked up at your home. Wherever possible, drive yourself or use a ride-share app like Uber or Lyft. Having your own ride means you have control over how long you’re out with this person.
Tell at least one friend or family member about your plans and when you will return.
Use the “Find My Device” apps on your phone and sharing the live location with your friend or family member.
Make sure your purse and any drinks are always kept within eyesight. Drinks can be made unsafe within seconds, so discreetly alert the wait staff or bartender if you suspect any foul play.
Just In Case
When it comes to drugs, alcohol, and other activities, don’t let your date pressure you to do something you’re not comfortable with or illegal. Always be confident in your decisions and don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.
For the first 3 to 4 dates, always meet your date in a public place. If your date pressures you to meet at their house, cancel the date! If they suggest an isolated place, don’t go! Refusing to provide the address is also a red flag. Surprises are great, but not in a situation where you don’t know the other person!
Carry a fully charged mobile phone with easily accessible emergency numbers. In general, always have at least one person’s phone number memorized in the event you cannot access your cell phone or need to use a public phone!