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Meeting Face to Face
You hopefully have done everything right if you are about ready to meet your
online dating partner face to face for the first time.
If you have been talking by email, chat and telephone for several months
as you most likely have been, then this isn't going to be like meeting a
perfect stranger for the first time. It will be unlike any first date that
you have ever experienced.
With usual first dates that happen out in the real brick and mortar world,
you don't usually know anything about your dating partner. Many of the first
dates that you have every gone on might have even been blind dates that were
arranged for the two of you through mutual friends. Blind dates are usually
very awkward affairs.
Real world blind dates are very often much like those first awkward emails
that you exchanged with this online dating partner that you are about to
meet face to face for the first time. You knew nothing about the other person.
You didn't know what they liked or disliked. You didn't know if they were
into sports or dedicated couch potatoes. You and your blind date were both
'flying blind' so to speak.
Relax! This first face to face meeting with a person with whom you have had
an ongoing conversation over many months isn't going to be a thing like those
awful awkward blind dates. You KNOW this person. He or she isn't a stranger.
If both of you have been honest in your profiles and have posted pictures
of yourselves, you should recognize each other right away. It will be more
like meeting a person that you already know well rather than like meeting
Still, it is better to make the arrangements for this first face to face
meeting to take place in a very public venue. Also, the first face to face
meeting will be more comfortable for both of you if you have arranged for
a very short encounter.....coffee rather than a meal or an entire evening.
It will be better if both of you can walk away from the first face to face
eagerly anticipating the next one than to be stuck for several hours of awkward
silence if you just don't click.
If you find, when you first meet face to face, that you have been lied to
about anything stop all contact immediately. One lie is usually the precursor
of many, many more. If he said he was 6'11" and is really 5'5" that isn't
a mistake, it is a bold faced lie and if he lied about that, you can bet
your bippy that he has lied about a lot of other 'facts' as well.
For your very first face to face meeting, it is a very good idea to provide
yourself with a safety net. Have a friend watching from a distance or have
a friend call you on your cell within a few minutes of your scheduled meeting
time. This is not being distrustful. It is being careful about your own personal
Remember that all successful and long-term personal relationships are built
upon truth and honesty. Trust is earned. It is not a given.
Trust your own built in instincts. If you feel like something is amiss, you
are most likely right. If you are comfortable and at ease with your online
dating partner during your first face to face, then there is a very good
chance that this relationship will continue to develop over time.