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From Online to In-Person: Navigating the First Date

How to take the conversation from the web to face-to-face.

All right, so now you’re all set with a shiny dating profile that’s garnered lots of hits from potential hotties. You’ve winnowed through the pool and chosen your potential catch. Now, it’s time to actually link up with “the one”—or one of the ones—beyond the digital realm and in reality.

It's always your best bet to take your Internet conversation into the real world as soon as possible before you establish a virtual rapport that can become awkward and stilted when it has to translate into face-to-face. So, if you've exchanged a couple flirtatious messages with a potential mate, established a basic foundation of things you have in common and are somewhat assured that it's worth testing the waters with a meet-up, take the plunge and ask her to hang out.

First meetings, especially those catalyzed on the Internet don’t have to be complicated, but there are a few caveats to heed prior to jumping in. To have the best possible time, while preserving your physical and mental wellbeing, read on.

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