Poonam Singh

Online dating has become a new trend and now, people are even meeting their life partners online. With the easy availability of dating sites and dating apps, people find it easier to connect with others virtually amid the super busy lives.

However, online dating comes with its own set of risks, as apps are full of toxic people who project themselves totally different online as compared to what they are in real life. Their behaviour on dating apps can differ greatly from what they are actually like. 

However, every person you meet online is not bad, in fact, there are many great men/ women you can connect with, know and eventually meet your dream man/woman. 

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Finding the right person, who is the one for you, online is really difficult. But if you want not to fall prey to any trap laid by people who often impersonate as a beautiful girls or women, go through a few findings below:

Here is a list of people, irrespective of gender, you should try and avoid online:

Who are jealous and paranoid

Some are usually jealous and controlling and often find it difficult to relax. They always think someone is out to get them, or that their partner is cheating on them. Sometimes, this means they stop their boyfriends/girlfriends from going out with friends or even their family.

Who have a toxic relationship with their exes 

H/she may have been in toxic relationships before and, of course, it's possible that the men/women h/she's been with might have cheated or did not treat his/her right. But the toxicity of his/her past relationship may make him/her a boiling pot of insecurities and emotional instability. They show an inability to be accountable for their own actions. So, you may not want to get caught up in it.

Those who are selfish

These types of men/women can't see things from another’s point of view. They generally look for their own comfort, well-being first then about others. They lack empathy and emotion; so, disagreements are likely to escalate explosively and you might not want to get involved with them.

Those who are over possessive

H/she wants to be with you every chance you get; be it at family gatherings, boys/girls' night or even when you need some alone me time out. H/she is over-possessive about her man/woman and needs constant attention and reassurance from him/her at all times. 

Those who are insecure

Insecurity is a tough characteristic to deal with as whatever you may do, it might go in vain. Insecure partners are a little like vain ones. You have to spend so much of your time ensuring that they feel good about themselves that you often forget about yourself and your needs as a result.

Those who ask for money

Some might be there on apps to scam, so no matter how convincing and compelling someone’s reason may seem, never respond to their request to send money. If you do get such a request, immediately report it to the app or site you’re using and block the person.

Those who profess their love too soon

Saying "I love you" after a few months of meeting someone is one thing but if someone professes his/her love after 2-3 online meetings is a huge red flag. As there is a high chance that they might be desperate and looking for someone to fill a void in their life and not looking for love.

Those who avoid or hide the identity

If the girl/guy you matched on a dating app has no bio, linked social media accounts, and has only posted one picture, there is high chance of the account being fake. So, if you u know your match’s name or handles on social media, it is better to look them up and make sure they aren’t “catfishing” you by using a fake social media account.

Those who give excuses to meeting offline

If someone with whom you have been talking for a while online is consistently refusing to meet up in person, that's a huge red flag. It could be because h/she may not what h/she had said or because the one may not be ready to commit to a relationship.

Always inquire about you

If he/she is always inquiring about you is also a red flag as it is a sign that they are hiding something or are vetting you based on some internal criteria like your position in life, your wealth, or friend's group.

(Disclaimer: It should be noted here that this article is not against any gender. The points narrated here are based on the findings after talking to people who are or have dated people online.)