With all the deadlines that are coming up for school projects and exams, we understand why most college students are just spending most of their free time studying instead of going out to gatherings or parties to meet up with new people. That's why online dating has become a thing in college, too, because it makes meeting someone less intimidating and time-consuming.
While there are dating apps that are for adults, there are also a few dating apps that have the minimum age of 13 for users like Tinder and Bumble. These apps use your info from your social media accounts to verify your age and only allow 13 to 17 years old users to match with other users in that age range. Still, that doesn't mean that dating apps are 100% safe. That's why if you're ready to give online dating a shot, here are a few online safety precautions to follow!
1. Don't pressure yourself into doing anything you're not ready for.
No one expects you to follow everything that your generation is doing, including joining dating apps. But if you did participate for the sake of making friends or wanting to be in a romantic relationship, then be mindful of all the things you let yourself do once you're there! From meeting with your matches in person or adding them on your social media accounts, don't pressure yourself into doing these things if you're not ready yet. Credible apps usually provide a safe enough instant messaging feature that will allow you to have a conversation there until you're ready to take it to the next level.
4. Matching with a schoolmate is a plus.
The reason why dating apps like Bumble are made accessible for college students is that most of you guys are busy with studies and don't have enough time to go out and mingle with other people in person. That's why it's also a plus if you match with a schoolmate because it means that you don't have to go outside of school to meet them, and you can even have campus dates if things go well!
5. Set your meetups in public.
Even if you've chatted with this person for quite a while online, the first time you meet them in person still makes them a stranger, which is a bit more dangerous than going out with a guy you met from your English class or through a mutual friend. If the time comes you're both ready to meet each other, even if they're your schoolmate, we highly suggest to meet in public and let someone know where you are at the moment.
Whether you are looking for something casual or long-term, there is no shame in joining dating apps. Keep in mind that online dating works for some people, but it doesn't mean it works for everyone. You might find your soulmate here, make some new friends, or nothing at all, and that's okay! As long as you're having fun and you know you're being responsible and safe, then make the most out of it!