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Online dating red flags: 5 signs of a potential stalker

Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Navigating the online dating world can be exciting, but it's important to stay vigilant. Here are five signs that your online match might be a potential stalker

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Online dating has revolutionized the way we meet potential partners, with apps like Tinder offering convenience and a vast pool of options. However, while these platforms can lead to meaningful connections, they also require a heightened awareness of personal safety. Unfortunately, the threat of encountering a stalker is real, and it's crucial to remain vigilant and trust your instincts when navigating the world of online dating. Trevor Cooke, privacy expert at EarthWeb, shares what signs to look out for when dating and advises how to stay safe when online dating.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Online dating has revolutionized the way we meet potential partners, with apps like Tinder offering convenience and a vast pool of options. However, while these platforms can lead to meaningful connections, they also require a heightened awareness of personal safety. Unfortunately, the threat of encountering a stalker is real, and it's crucial to remain vigilant and trust your instincts when navigating the world of online dating. Trevor Cooke, privacy expert at EarthWeb, shares what signs to look out for when dating and advises how to stay safe when online dating.(Pixabay)

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Overly Persistent Behaviour: Persistence in showing interest can quickly turn into a red flag when it becomes excessive. If your match messages you constantly, even after you've indicated that you're busy or need space, this could indicate an unhealthy obsession. This behavior may escalate to an incessant need for communication, making you feel overwhelmed or trapped.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Overly Persistent Behaviour: Persistence in showing interest can quickly turn into a red flag when it becomes excessive. If your match messages you constantly, even after you've indicated that you're busy or need space, this could indicate an unhealthy obsession. This behavior may escalate to an incessant need for communication, making you feel overwhelmed or trapped.(Shutterstock)

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Invasive Questions: While getting to know someone involves asking questions, be cautious if your date starts probing into deeply personal areas too soon. Questions about your daily routine, living situation, financial status, or past relationships, especially when pressed for details, can signal an attempt to gather information for controlling or manipulative purposes.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Invasive Questions: While getting to know someone involves asking questions, be cautious if your date starts probing into deeply personal areas too soon. Questions about your daily routine, living situation, financial status, or past relationships, especially when pressed for details, can signal an attempt to gather information for controlling or manipulative purposes.(Shutterstock)

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Unpredictable or Unstable Behavior: Erratic mood swings or unpredictable actions are significant warning signs. If your date's behaviour shifts dramatically from affectionate to aggressive or if they react disproportionately to minor issues, this instability can be a precursor to more dangerous, volatile behaviour.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Unpredictable or Unstable Behavior: Erratic mood swings or unpredictable actions are significant warning signs. If your date's behaviour shifts dramatically from affectionate to aggressive or if they react disproportionately to minor issues, this instability can be a precursor to more dangerous, volatile behaviour.(Shutterstock)

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Attempts to Control or Monitor Your Activities: A potential stalker might try to dictate or closely monitor your activities. This can range from insisting on knowing your whereabouts at all times to trying to control who you interact with. Any behaviour that seeks to limit your autonomy or isolate you from friends and family is a major red flag. (iStock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Attempts to Control or Monitor Your Activities: A potential stalker might try to dictate or closely monitor your activities. This can range from insisting on knowing your whereabouts at all times to trying to control who you interact with. Any behaviour that seeks to limit your autonomy or isolate you from friends and family is a major red flag. (iStock)

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Showing Up Uninvited: One of the most overt signs is if your date appears at places you frequent without being invited. This indicates they are tracking your movements, which is a clear invasion of privacy and a potential threat to your safety.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 30, 2024 04:34 PM IST

Showing Up Uninvited: One of the most overt signs is if your date appears at places you frequent without being invited. This indicates they are tracking your movements, which is a clear invasion of privacy and a potential threat to your safety.(Unsplash)

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