No longer is the mantra that “nerds do it better” strictly applicable to bedroom prowess.Geeks can rock out pretty damn fine as well, and not just while drunk playing videogames.Although online dating sites and mobile apps have changed how people date, the fact that dangerous people still exist has not. Pleasant Police Department has dealt with two instances of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) as a result of people who met using a social media site or dating application.The most recent incident involved a female student from Central Michigan University who was sexually assaulted after meeting up with a man she met on the mobile dating app Tinder.Therefore, he gave some advice on how to be as safe as possible.“I would encourage to meet in public places, never private, and with a group of friends if possible,” said Browne.People are always going to interact online and continue to meet strangers, but hopefully, with awareness, they will learn how to be as safe as possible and prevent bad situations. Pleasant Police Public Information Officer Jeff Browne explained that there are a lot of social media sites and applications out there and the safest thing users can do is research them beforehand to find out what they are about.He does, however, realize the reality that there are many who will continue to use them whether they are aware of the dangers.
The most important advice he can give he said is, “If it feels wrong, get out.” Browne said events like this don’t happen solely on social media.
Tinder, for the unfamiliar, is a matchmaking app that takes pictures and information from Facebook that users then have the option to like or dislike.
If two people both like each other’s profile it is called a match and the option to message each other becomes available.
“For me, I wasn’t really planning on meeting up with anyone and I was really clear about that cause people asked me,” she said.
Since Tinder uses Facebook, possible matches are able to see if they have any mutual friends.