Safety Tips for the New Year

Nowadays, most people you know have tried either online dating or meeting new friends online from one site or another. Many times, the first time the two people meet in person, it goes great and they become great friends or start dating immediately. But, other times, unfortunately, the meeting is either unfit or over time the two realize they are not meant to date or be close friends—and soon grow apart. Or, even worse, they meet only once to never see each other again.

And if you happen to ask anyone who’s gone through any of these online-meeting scenarios, whether it was meeting someone for a romantic relationship or just a platonic friendship, the guaranteed first thing they’ll tell you is they were nervous to meet their online companion in person.

So if you’ve found your online male or female friend on FruitLooped, or you happen to be going on a first date with someone from an online dating site, the best thing you can do is prepare yourself for meeting someone online for the first time in person with these helpful tips from us! You’re welcome.

  1. Tell a Friend Where You’re Going:

When meeting someone you’ve never met before, you should always tell a friend or family member where you’re going, who you’re meeting, and what time you’ll be meeting them. This way, someone knows your whereabouts and can check up on you if needed. Plus, if the person you’re meeting isn’t up to par with who you were expecting, then you can have your friend call you so you can bail!

  1. Make Sure Your Phone is Charged:

This is kind of a no brainer, but so many people forget to charge their phone, bring it with half a battery life, and watch it plummet to 1%, and then turn off during drinks or dinner. You don’t want this to be you. In case of an emergency situation where you need your phone to catch an Uber or call a friend or family member for safety, you don’t want to be left asking random people to use their cell.

  1. Keep Your First Meeting Short:

Whether this person is a potential lover, or just a new friend, it’s best to schedule the first time you hangout short. Try to meet them for lunch or for a quick bite in the early evening. Better to keep it to a minimum of one drink or none to stay safe. See if there is a bond between the two of you, whether romantic or platonic, and then tell them you have plans to meet other friends or family so you have a way to leave early. But, if you want to see them again, just make plans with them before you leave so they know you’re not in a rush to get away from them, but that you actually enjoy their company and want to see them again soon.

  1. Check Out Their Social Media:

Social media stalking was given a bad name, but it’s actually quite an advantageous thing to do prior to meeting someone in person for the first time. Just log into your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account to see if they have a page to poke around and check out their photos, posts, and even friends they have. And if their page is private, heck, just send them a text asking them if you can add them if they as a friend. Why would they say no? Actually, if they do say no, then it’s probably a red flag that you shouldn’t meet that person offline in the first place. The wonderful part about everyone having some form of social media nowadays is that you can get to know someone’s personality even before meeting them in person. Just try not to like any of their old photos from four years ago or you’re in for an awkward conversation about why you were cyber stalking them in the first place!

  1. Have Fun!:

Remember to have fun! And this is a big one. In our modern world of online friends and online dating, it’s all too often that people do not hangout again simply because their mind wasn’t in the right place during their first meeting. The best thing you can do is just relax and enjoy yourself with your new friend or date when meeting them for the first time. Remember, they’ve only just met you, so you want to start your friendship or courtship with your best foot and head forward. So leave any and all thoughts—or baggage—at home where they belong. And remember to leave a tip for your server!

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