Avoiding The Hassle – How to Deal with Online Negativity

Dating online makes it easier than ever to get in touch with new people. It also makes it easy for people to get in touch with you. This is great news for you eager daters, but what happens when you’re confronted by someone you don’t like through a dating app? 


If someone is making your uncomfortable there are a number of things to realise and do. 


The Ball is in Your Court 


First off, realise that you’re not obligated to do anything. If you don’t want to respond to a message that’s totally your call. You can choose to kindly say that you’re not interested, or just not say anything at all. However, if the polite approach doesn’t work…


Hit the Block Button


If someone continues to bother you after you’ve turned them down, the best part about online dating is that you don’t need to stand for it. If someone’s brining a lot of negativity to your inbox, hit the block button to keep them at bay. You’ll find the button at the top right corner of their profile. But before you hit the block button, it might be worth considering…


Reporting It 


Sometimes just blocking someone might be enough for your own peace of mind, and that’s perfectly reasonable. However if someone has taken things a little further than just hassling you for a reply, it might be worth reporting them to us. Reporting abusive behaviour not only helps protect you, but helps protect others as well by keeping negativity off Lumen. So if someone does something like asks you for money or any other personal information, or if they’re pressuring you to do anything you don’t want to, please let us know. You can find the report button at the top right of their profile, and then we’ll look in to it. Whilst you’re using Lumen, your safety and happiness is our priority. 


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