5 tips for online dating

We wouldn’t want to send you off into the wild without any sort of help in finding your way. This space, like any other, will be what you make of it. So come prepared and with the right attitude and we’re sure you can avoid lurking dangers and pitfalls and instead have a great matching experience. 

Honesty is the name of the game (at least on our app): If you can play football like Mohammed Salah; sing like Damini Ogulu a.k.a Burna Boy; or look like Alek Wek – show it in your video! If not, you should probably not be talking (read bragging) about it either, as no one is going to believe it anyway. We have made catfishing next to impossible with our real-time video function so why not keep it real and get people interested in an authentic person – you, the one they are bound to discover anyway if and when you eventually meet.  

Not everyone plays by the above (unwritten) rule. You being sincere is unfortunately not a guarantee that everyone else out there will be truthful. So keep an open mind while at the same time keep asking yourself if the person is too good to be true. Again, if your potential match is claiming to have superhero powers but is not showing them off in a video, it is most likely not the case.

Beware of the perpetual rotten apple, it may look shiny on the outside but when you take a bite the ugly truth is revealed. Let your match earn your trust, just like you would with other people you let into your life. Be careful with sharing intimate information or pictures, you have no way of knowing where what you share may end up. We would even suggest waiting to share too much personal info until you have gotten to know each other properly, ideally in person. Be very suspicious if your match starts asking for help with money because of an unforeseen event or emergency, it wouldn’t make for a good start to any kind of relationship but is most likely a case of scam. 

Get out there and meet. There really is no better way to get to know someone then to do it in person. Just make sure you tell someone about your meeting and ensure that your match is aware of this fact too. First time around it’s advisable to meet in a public place, that you know how to get to and back from, by your own accords, in case things don’t go the way you had hoped. 

Don’t get addicted to us! No matter how much we would like you to spend time with us and to have us as your go-to for all the kinds of matching you need in life, and to find us useful on an everyday basis, we don’t want you to lose perspective. Hey Africa is a tool so treat is as such, once the job is done you can put the app aside (at least for the time being). If you find that you rather spend time with us than chatting with family and friends – you should probably take a break. If you think of us as a cure to your boredom – get out there and do something active instead, it will do you good and you can return to the app refreshed. If you find that having no new matches make you feel insecure, unattractive, or low in self-esteem – you should definitely take a break, go and do something that makes you feel good and happy instead. And come back stronger.

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