Apps like Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, and so on have taken over today's dating culture for better or worse. Whatever your opinions on online dating, you can't deny that swiping your way to a Friday night date is a new norm. There's no longer a taboo associated with meeting someone digitally.
Of course, hanging out with a stranger you matched with on your phone sounds like the set-up of a Law & Order episode. Imgur user Msmessyclean recently posted a scary reminder of this. Scroll through the screenshots below.
"So I matched a guy on Tinder," Msmessyclean explained in the captions. "He seemed pretty normal as first, a few quirks here and there, but who am I to judge, right? [We] matched, had a brief conversation, [he] asked for my number and I gave it to him. [We] talked two or three nights ago and agreed to go on a Wednesday date. After agreeing and chatting on the phone, something felt off. He was too offbeat and I began to feel uncomfortable. The following day he said a few things that didn't sit with me."
"Within 5 minutes I had about 5 or 6 missed calls from him," she continued.
Yikes. This is straight-up terrifying. Also, who the eff says stuff like "My brain thinks at a much higher level than yours or the average person"? ?
When you're caught up in the excitement of swiping and matching and swiping again and matching again, it's sometimes easy to forget that these are complete randos you're interacting with. You can meet really awesome people on Tinder -- yes, really -- but regardless of your gender, be cautious. Feeling safe is key when it come to online dating, and if you don't feel safe chatting with someone, hit that block button ASAP.
Stay safe while you swipe, everyone.