Playing detective might feel excessive, but you’re always better safe than sorry.
Nina*, a senior at Duke University, took all the precautions she could before meeting up with people from dating sites.
If you think you’re being too careful, you’re probably doing it right.
For Stewart, the answer is “if they are consistent, taking time to get to know you, and so far honest from what you can tell.” However, you can meet up while still guarding your information. Facebook gives out a ton of personal information about you that can be used against you in a number of ways.” Additionally, you can get to know the person without going into details about yourself.
Meeting in a public place seems intuitive – if there are other people around, there will be someone to help you out if need be.
“Meet in public and do not have them pick you up,” Stewart says.
“Does that information stay with that company, or do they sell or lease it out?
Believe it or not, some sites sell your profile or information.