By Modupeoluwa Adekanye
Many people have taken solace in using online applications to meet their partners. While some use these applications for sincere reasons, other people might have ulterior motives that can inadvertently cause harm to others using it. There have been different arguments on the safety of using dating applications, while some believe it is safe, others believe it is not advisable. Below are reasons why you should avoid online dating applications:
Can reduce your self-confidence
Getting rejected on a dating app repeatedly can reduce your self-confidence and prevent you from making efforts to go out for real dates outside using the app. Online dating used to be for the shy people who didn’t have luck going out and meeting other people, but now online dating sites and dating apps are overrun with people who have very good social skills and are not looking for a shy person with low confidence.
Hackers can take hold of your profile
According to this infographic, done by IBM security, hackers can use your profile to do the following:
Get control of your camera to spy on you
Listen in to confidential conversations
Find out where you live
Get your credit card information from your application details.
Doing any of the above can terribly affect you.
You can get addicted to the use of online dating applications and this will make you get used to shallow conversations and validation. Most online applications have an addictive quality about it, and this is really not a good thing for your mental health.
It is not everyone on the applications wants to date, some are there to kidnap, kill or even rape. It is difficult to ascertain what someone you cannot see wants even if they assure you they are up to something good. When on dating applications, you can meet with people who do not have your interest at heart and this is bad for you.