15 years ago, online dating was a joke.  People assumed you lived in a basement, or were so socially awkward you needed "assistance.  Today, not only is dating someone you met on an app normal - there is a specific app for your exact "thing." From Farmers only to Plenty of Fish to some pretty specifically kinky things that I won't mention here - today, there's a place for anyone to meet their match.

The main problem with dating today is making sure you get what you swipe on.  That is to say, there are a lot of lies in this digital dating pool.  The negative aspect here ranges from mild disappointment to life-threatening danger.

Video Verify is a pretty clever way to make sure you are talking to the person you think you are talking to.  If you're dating, and you aren't already doing this - you should be.  If your go-to app has a Vv icon, you can use it to check your potential date for realness.  According to Verna Magazine, it sends a request for a video proving that they aren't a 3 page deep selection for "sexy profile pic" on Google or using that one sexy pic from 5 years ago.

There are a few online solutions if your app doesn't have this option, but honestly - this is something you could do yourself.  Send a specific question and ask them to answer it on video - viola, instant anti-catfishing device.

There are lots of other ways to find out about your date before hand, and you should do all of them.  Snooping through there socials (and IRL if you can hire a private investigator) is absolutely the best move, and don't assume that they are who they say they are just because they look like their picture either!  Be safe, but have fun!

I am so glad I am not dating, this all sounds exhausting.  Good luck!