Before you leave for your date, make sure a friend or relative knows where you are going and when to expect you back.If something untoward does happen, at least you know that someone will be out looking for you.If you knew ahead of time your date had a record, would you still go out with him or her?“We tend to show only our best side when getting to know someone—so buyer beware,” says Delong.This way, you won’t be alone when you meet your online friend.You will also have someone to escape with (in case your date turns out to be a bore)!
This allows you the opportunity to get to know the other person without revealing your true identity.
Either take your own vehicle or call and ask a friend to take you.
While all this may seem like too much trouble, it’s better to be safe than sorry! If you absolutely must, make sure you only have one or two drinks and no more. If you leave the drink for any reason, perhaps to visit the rest room, do not finish that same drink when you return.
“If you put yourself out there in the wrong way, the wrong person might think he or she is JUST the one to give you what they think you want.” Yikes—not worth it.
Try to keep most of those hilarious shot-taking and booty-shaking shots for yourself and your friends (read: a private Instagram profile or shared i Photo stream).It’s pretty common practice to switch over from Tinder or OKCupid to texting once a flirtation has been going on for a little while, but think twice before you hand over your phone number, says O’Toole.