How many of you have tried online dating without thinking of the possible threat to your safety? Yes, almost everybody we know is active on some or the other dating app now-a-days. Those jumping on the bandwagon include teenagers, working adults, old singles, single parents among others. But have you paid attention to the terms and conditions you say ‘yes’ to, while registering? Have you thought of data safety besides emotional security that might be compromised in online dating?
In an increasingly digitised world where data security is still a big concern, and data sharing and access still not foolproof, how do you own up the entire process of using dating apps? There have been several instances of when a person’s personal and private data is compromised in want of little or no security measures adopted by the maker. In view of the threats that loom over every single user of dating apps, we ought to be aware of our rights and entitlements.
Personal data is being collected, shared and manipulated by thousands of apps in the market for commercial and other purposes best known to the owners and employees. So each and every person needs to be sensitised and they must own their decision to practise online dating.
Albeit one won’t deny that dating apps have indeed revolutionised the way we looked at dating and that they actually provide a pleasant source of thrill, fun amusement, it is up to us on how harmlessly we make it work for us. Incidents of spamming or unsolicited messages, faked identities and trolling abound on dating apps and this might be frustrating and irksome to say the least. One must be aware of the flip side of the dating apps that don’t specify in simple terms the associated risks and probable hazards.
Last but certainly not the least; your emotional quotient is a huge determinant of how you are affected by any possible negative or unfavourable outcomes. While you are vulnerable both technologically and emotionally while dating online, your prudence and wisdom can go a long way to ensure that you aren’t harmed, used or abused. Tread carefully on the path of dating apps as a small mistake or thoughtlessness can cost you dearly. Never share on apps what you can’t send in an email. And of course, beware of frauds and fake members who can stoop down to any level for few bucks or some sadistic pleasure. Happy and safe dating to you.