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Taking Online Dating Offline
Your online dating has paid off, and you are ready to meet someone in person.
Isn't this existing? Are you nervous? You should be. Afterall, you are about
to leave the safety of your home, and the anonymity that the Internet provided
you, and venture out into the world to meet someone that you really don't
know face-to-face. The online dating portion of this relationship has ended,
and you are now going on what amounts to a blind date!
There are so many questions to answer - things that didn't matter before
in your relationship with this person. What will you wear? Where will you
meet? Who will be paying for the date? Unlike a blind date, you and this
person have had the opportunity to communicate extensively, and to get to
know a little about each other. Obviously, some level of trust has been
established, to the point where you feel like you should meet this person
- in person. You should be able to openly discuss where you should meet,
and who will pay for the date, but if you can't, you will at least have to
establish the where and when part, and then you can arrive prepared to pay
- either for yourself, or for both of you.
Where Shall We Meet?
You should meet in public, where there are alot of people. If this person
cares about you at all, there won't be any argument about this, and they
will understand that you want to protect yourself, and that this offers
protection for them as well.
Don't be afraid to meet in a bar, or where alcohol is served, but don't drink.
If you feel like you must drink, get one drink and slowly sip on it. Stay
completely sober! Meeting for dinner in a nice restaurant is ideal for the
first in person contact, but avoid dinner and a movie. You want to avoid
two locations for the date because it will mean traveling from one location
to another - usually together, and you really don't know them well enough
to get in a car with them!
If you have kids, or if you both have kids, meet for a day at the zoo or
an amusement park - with the kids in tow. The important thing is to pick
a place that is public and well populated, on a day and time that is acceptable
for you both. If you are worried about meeting them alone, tell them that
you are bringing a friend along as well. Make it clear that when the meal
is over, you will be leaving separately.
Breaking The Ice All Over Again
Usually, when you meet in person for the first time, you will have to break
the ice all over again. You have to start communicating - by talking and
listening. For instance, 'did you find the place okay?' or 'man, the traffic
was a mess on the way over!' are good conversation starters. Ask questions
that require more than a yes or no answer. Ask them what they see on the
menu that sounds appealing. Just start talking - but don't ramble!
Relax and have fun, but stay tuned in! If at anytime your instincts start
sending you vibes that things aren't going well, get out of there! You could
also have a friend call your cell phone at a specific time during the date,
and if it isn't going well, give them a pre-planned key phrase. When they
hear that phrase, they will start heading to your location, and call you
again when they get there. While they wait outside for you, either to pick
you up or to follow you home, make your excuses and get out of there!