With online dating reaching dizzying heights of popularity, it’s more crucial than ever to take care of yourself when meeting a match IRL. Dating should be a safe, fun experience online and off. Here are some ways to ensure that everything goes smoothly: 


 


  • Go beyond the dating profile (research them on their other socials) 
  • Video or voice call pre-date 
  • Keep a friend or relative clued in on your plans 
  • Bring your phone – and keep it switched on at all times 
  • Don’t go back to their house on the first date 
  • Don’t accept a lift – walk, use public transport, or bring your own car 
  • If your date is driving, discreetly note their registration plate 
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended 
  • Meet in public 
  • Heed your instincts – if you feel uncomfortable, leave 
  • Don’t reveal too much about yourself (e.g. home address)