Internet Blind Dates: Advice & Safety Tips
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Meeting someone in person who you’ve met on the Internet can be nerve-racking because you never really know what to expect; you’ve never met face-to-face and people can present themselves falsely through the Internet. What’s positive about an Internet blind date is that it is not totally blind; generally, you know what your date will look like and what they are interested in. Below you will find tips for your first date as well as how to protect yourself.
Advice for Your First Date:
1. Meet somewhere casual.
A cafe or relaxed bar/restaurant for coffee or drinks is a great place for a first date. Movie dates don’t offer much time for conversation. Overcrowded, loud locations can make it difficult to talk and lead to an awkward date.
2. Dress to impress, but wear comfortable clothes.
Readjusting clothing is awkward, annoying, and can indicate to your date that you are uncomfortable or nervous.
3. Arrive on time to your date.
Arriving late is rude and will not reflect well upon you.
4. Be honest, but not too open.
Be honest during your conversations so that your personality is visible, but keep the conversation light. Definitely talk about your interests, your professional background, your beliefs, your family, and so on; but don’t go too in-depth on topics like politics, which can end up dominating conversations, and don’t tell your date your inner-most secrets.
5. Keep the conversations going.
Try not to ask “yes or no” questions; instead, attempt to ask questions that require an explanation and can lead to continued conversation. Listen intently to your date as he speaks so that you can get an idea of whether you are compatible and if you’re interested in him.
6. Know before the date:
a. How you will handle who pays for drinks, food, etc.: Will you or your date (if he offers) pay or would you prefer to split it?
b. How you will exit the date if you want or need to leave.
Safety Tips for Your Date:
1. Check up on him before the date.
Facebook and Google are great places to do research on your date.
2. Meet somewhere.
You do not know this person through a friend; you met him on the Internet. Do not allow him to pick you up from you home. If he offers, make a polite excuse, like, “I have to meet you straight from work,” or “After our date I have to meet a friend down the street.”
3. Tell friends and family where you’re going.
We’ve all heard horror stories; we shouldn’t be paranoid, just cautious. Just in case your date turns out to be dangerous or discourteous, make sure your family and friends know where you are so they can pick you up or notify the authorities if something goes wrong.
4. Pick a public place.
Always choose a public place for a first date; do not go to your date’s house or invite your date to your house. Aside from the safety aspect of this, it will also make the date more comfortable.
5. Don’t drink too much.
If you do go somewhere with alcohol, limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks max; you need to be fully cognitive for safety reasons. You should also keep an eye on your drink as drugging is not unheard of.
6. Trust your gut.
If you get an uneasy feeling about your date, then get out of it. Don’t be rude, just cut it short politely by saying something like, “I had a long day today,” or “I have a long day tomorrow.”
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