Looking for your happy ever after isn’t always sweetness and light though.Online dating could open tech-savvy singletons up to a dark side of dating.This happens a lot, especially with services that don’t require profiles be linked to a social media account.

Whether there’s no chemistry or your spidey sense is tingling and your date doesn’t seem like such a safe bet, provided you’re meeting in public, a solid excuse to leave will enable a speedy departure.

While you could go old school and request your friend call to check up on you and potentially, enable an early exit, it’s much easier to install a Fake Call application.

If you’re thinking about apps, but aren’t sure which to try, check out our , featuring a selection of our favorites.

If you’re someone who likes the idea of longer, more considered messaging, websites might win for you.

That said, there are still measures you can take to keep connected to a trusted friend in addition to those outlined above.

If you have a wearable, whether it’s an Android Wear, Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3 or an Apple Watch, you could still have a line of defence on your wrist.

More people than ever are meeting men and women they’ve only ever communicated with online.

This means that being catfished - talking to a fake profile - or even having your identity stolen by a potential digital love interest are very real dangers.

Available on i OS and Android, you can set one of these apps to ‘call’ at 9pm, step out to take it and return to your date with a polite but firm ‘I have to go’.

If it’s a hook-up you’re after or your date has taken an intimate turn, then staying safe is a bit, harder, as you sacrifice the protection a public environment provides.

Just don't go digging for details that they're not making public – that's not cool.