“Be very leery about meeting in remote places like a hiking trail, boat, or a park.
While romantic, there might be no one around if you need help,” she says.
(Adding pepper spray to your purse along with essentials like mascara or condoms?
“We tend to show only our best side when getting to know someone—so buyer beware,” says Delong.“For some people, a simple kiss on the cheek is enough to launch a delusion that you love them.It’s impossible to know what’s inside someone’s head and heart.”If your instincts are telling you something is wrong, believe them.Also, give them an idea of when you’ll be back and make sure to alert them when the date is over.This adds an extra layer of safety to any date you go on with a stranger.
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.