5 Ways to Background Check on Your Blind Date Without Being a Creepy Stalker
Technology and the internet have totally changed the way how people come across each other. Just like how people do everything else through the internet, online dating has also been and is still is rampant in today’s modern society. Since almost everyone is now online, it does make sense to start new relationships there as well.
The impact of online dating
With over 50 million people using the online dating app Tinder, 20 million people using eHarmony, 15 million people on Match, and multiple other dating sites and apps, it is clear that there has been a dramatic shift on how people meet their significant others. In fact, more than one out of every four couples have met online, and more than one-third of U.S marriages began with online dating. Moreover, it has been evident that couples who have met online are slightly happier than couples who have met through personal conversations.
However, just like old-school blind dating, online dating is also scary. It is surrounded by the fact that not everything you see on a potential partner’s profile is true. Basically, unless you’ve known the person for years, you’re completely clueless about what you’re getting into.
Background checks are a MUST!
They say, investigating on your date is creepy, some even say it’s stalking. But being cautious is not really that bad when you plan to get into blind dates. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 29% of online daters now research their date before meeting them. If you are in this situation and is looking for a way to unveil some information about your date, here are 5 simple ways on how to background check on your blind date without being a creepy stalker.
1. Search Engines
Since a lot of information is already available in public, search Engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo is a good place to start off with your search. You may use the information to reference what you may already know about your date. He or she might have said something about working at a certain place. Try to look up those places and find their names to make sure that they are telling the truth.
You might not be able to uncover important information like arrests or convictions, however, search engines can help you get to a nice start. You can use all the public information you can find and just branch out or dig further from there.
2. Social Media
Most people now have social media accounts. Checking on their profiles may give you a more in-depth understanding of their hobbies, interests, personality, and friends. Here are some of the most commonly used social media sites you can check out:
Facebook: Facebook is still the most widely used social media site today. If your date has a Facebook account and is set to public, you may be able to find a lot of personal information from here. Photos, liked pages, group memberships are just among the essentials that you can look at. This will help you know more about their preferred activities and other preferences.
Twitter: Although Twitter is not as detailed as Facebook, you may still find some useful information in his/her account. Most people don’t privatize their account in this site so you should be able to get an idea of your date’s personal tastes, interest, beliefs, and perspective.
LinkedIn: This site won’t give you much information about your date’s personal interests. However, it could help you see your date’s work experience, which you could use to verify if the person is telling the truth.
Instagram: This site is quickly rising to the top and is already used by millions. This site will let you look at photos and post labeled as ‘stories’ that your date has uploaded. This is a great way to see what your date likes to do and what he/she likes.
3. Criminal Record Check
One important thing you should do before meeting your date is to check for criminal records. These can be found by running an online background check within a country, state, or entire county. You may now do this online through background checking websites like this site. You should note that county records only show the crimes for that specific area.
Background checks will contain information about arrests, convictions, court records, sex offenses, warrants and incarceration records. Using the information you gain from these various searches can ensure that you stay safe and enjoy your date
4. Sex Offender Registry
Sex offender registry records are also available to the public to aid in the community’s safety and well-being. All states in the US are required to maintain an updated sex offender registry. Moreover, there is a national sex offender registry that includes all state, territorial, and tribal registries.
5. Hire an Investigator
Hiring a private investigator can be quite expensive. But if you already have performed the checks listed above and think that you have been a victim of catfish scams, hiring an investigator is a good option to get all the necessary critical information you need. Catfish scams are now very common on the internet, especially on online dating sites. It is where people pretend to be someone else to fool other people by engaging them into relationships just to get money, humiliate or make fun of others.
Although these searches may help you in securing your safety, there is no amount of service that will keep you safe. If your date hasn’t been caught in doing something wrong, then no website or data will really help. Always let someone else know where you will be and use your common sense.
Remember, never agree to meet someone online without doing some research first. It could literally save your life.