Dating in College

Sure, sure, we’ve probably done an article on this subject before, but there are three facts of life that we just can’t ignore: 1.) You may not have read that first article, 2.) You may not have been dating before and therefore ignored our first article, and 3.) The dating world is constantly changing with new risks to be careful of. Plus, school is coming up just around the corner (yours may have already started, actually), and nothing adds to the excitement of your first day of school like the cute boy/girl across the hall. So here you go, college students of the world, your university dating safety guide:

1.) Be careful how much you share beforehand. Today’s age is the world of social media…and also the world of oversharing. Posting every detail about your date, your intentions, your excitement etc. on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, whatever, is not only dangerous but downright rude! Leave a little mystery about yourself and protect your safety at the same time.

2.) Tell a friend your plans. This is different than posting your plans all over Facebook. Tell your trusty roommate where you planning on going, what time and if there may be more (dinner at The Spicy Dragon at 5:30, The Dark Knight Rises at 7:00, maybe ice cream afterwards, will text after the movie to check in and update schedule). And calm down, you don’t have to do this every time, just until you guys get to know each other. In the beginning though, it’s important. If something goes wrong and you go missing (hey, it could happen), this will make it much easier to trace your footsteps and figure out where you might be.

3.) Go somewhere public. No, you are not going over to his house for dinner on a first date, that’s just asking for trouble. Go out to dinner, or to a ballgame, or a park or something along those lines. In addition, make sure you drive yourself there, meaning you aren’t depending on them for a ride and they aren’t going to know where you live if the date goes bad.

4.) Be careful with alcohol. It’s no secret that alcohol impairs judgment, so keep that in mind before you order your third glass of wine. In addition, make sure you keep an eye on your drink. If your date is someone you’ve just met, you want to make sure there’s no chance that they can slip you something.

5.) Always feel free to say “no”. You are perfectly allowed to say “no” at any time for any reason. You don’t want to have some ice cream after the movie? Then don’t! You don’t have to give a reason, and it doesn’t matter if the other person reallllllly wants you to.

6.) Trust your gut. If you have an uneasy feeling about something, don’t do it! The reason you have a strange feeling is because you’re subconsciously picking up on cues that you haven’t identified yet. If something inside is telling you it’s a bad idea, it’s probably a bad idea.

7.) Carry some form of protection. Whether it’s pepper spray or your iWitness smartphone service, you need to have some form of protecting yourself should you be in a compromised situation.


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