5 Tips for Safely Navigating the 'Non-Exclusive' Dating World

Being out in the dating world can be an exciting experience. There are moments of fun and laughter, as well as awkwardness and disappointment. All the while, you anticipate finding chemistry and a connection with someone. If you're dating and looking just for fun and friendships, you're going to be meeting lots of people. Keep your dating adventures as safe as they are varied by following these five tips for safely navigating the non-exclusive dating scene.

1. Separate Phone and Email

It's not a good policy to give your cell phone number out right away. Get a Google voice number instead, so you don't have to share your real phone number. It also helps to have a separate email that's just for dating. When you create a new email address, make sure to keep your name out of it.

2. Safeguard Your Social Media

A quick search of your number, email and sometimes even just your name and general location can lead someone directly to your social media. Check your privacy settings and lock down all of your social media from prying eyes. If your casual relationship goes south, the last thing you want is someone you don't want to hear from having easy access to you.

3. Maintain Your Privacy

Don't share your last name with anyone until you've built trust. Even if your name is common, someone can search for you on the internet and find you simply by knowing a few details about you. You should also never let someone pick you up where you live.

4. Have A Friend Check In

Make sure to tell someone when you're going out to meet someone new. Ask a friend to call or text to check up on you and make sure everything is okay. This can also be a great way to duck out if your date isn't going so well.

5. Go Somewhere Different

When you're setting up your date, make sure you meet in a public place. Arrive separately so you don't have to rely on anyone for a ride. Not only is it more safe, but you can leave whenever you want. When you're choosing a locale for your date, don't take them to your favorite hangouts; instead, take them somewhere different. Not only will it be more fun to check out new spots, but you're less likely to run into them if you've broken things off.

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