From Online to In-Person: Navigating the First Date
How to take the conversation from the web to face-to-face.
Note Your Nearest Emergency Exit
Most online dating advice regarding safety is geared toward women, and not without good reason. Sexual predators constantly troll the Internet looking for prey, and ladies who trust too easily can, and do, wind up in compromising or even dangerous situations.
Women are told to A) Meet their date in a public, B) Let someone know where they'll be and with whom, C) Bring a cell phone, and D) Have an exit strategy. Think about that for a minute. No matter how hot you are for her, or how hot she seems to be for you online, in person, the first thing she’s going to try to suss out is whether or not you’re to be trusted. It’s no reflection on you, and it doesn't matter if you spend your Sundays helping out at the local orphanage or old folks home. So if she's being a little less forthcoming with personal information or unwilling to go somewhere more private, she’s exercising common sense. Let her, and also bear in mind that common sense works both ways—the aforementioned cautions all hold merit, for her as well as for you.