That’s actually one of my favorite parts of online dating. You know people are on there because they want to meet people and they are looking for love. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the person is available or not. So it takes some of the guesswork away (and this is especially true for my gay friends).
However, there are certain things that you should definitely keep in mind when it comes to being safe, especially for women.
First of all, you should meet your date in a public place. This ensures that you’re not in danger in any way. This also ensures that you’re not going to get cornered by anyone or get into an uncomfortable situation.
I also suggest that you have some sort of communication with the person over the phone or at least by text before you meet them.
Being catfished is always a fear, but that is a rare occurance I have found. It’s never happened to me or my friends, although men tend to lie about their height much more than women. Women and men also tend to lie about their weight or post old pictures. Oh well. It’s kind of a risk that comes with the territory.
Computer security is also important if you’re browsing the internet a lot. It’s expected that you might not be that aware of the various dangers that are out there, but even experienced computer users can easily get infected by viruses and malware if they don’t have adequate protection against these threats. And as is shown with the latest “heartbleed” threat, new viruses and problems are cropping up constantly. The best thing to do is to update your computer software with the latest and greatest in terms of malware and virus protection.
When on the first date, keep it simple and short. You can put a time limit on the date if you are nervous – simply have somewhere to be after the date. If you want to make it flexible you can, just in case the first date goes great and you don’t want to leave right away.
The best thing is not to overthink the first date. This is the best way to go when it comes to meeting someone for the first time. Don’t talk about ex’s, and just try to put your best foot forward. And most of all, have fun!