From Online To Offline: How To Survive Your First Date

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Online dating is more exciting than ever. You can meet thousands of new people online, connect with the ones that share your interests and have amazing online dating experiences, all from the comfort of your home or office. You don’t even need a computer to start dating online. Your smartphone – and the right dating app – can now connect you to other singles in the area.

At some point in the online dating experience, however, you will want to meet people directly. The first date is always tricky to navigate, but the next few tips we are about to discuss in this article will help you have an equally enjoyable first-date experience nonetheless.

Keep the Date Simple

Lunch is always a good idea when it comes to first dates. There are a number of reason why scheduling a lunch date should be your go-to move when you’re transitioning from online dating to offline meetups. For starters, lunch is always a safe occasion. If the date isn’t going as well as you had hoped it would, you won’t have to worry about finding an excuse to end it.

You also have more freedom to choose the venue for a lunch date. You can either go for a casual coffee shop or choose a restaurant you are already familiar with for the occasion. You can pick your own environment for the date, which means it is also very easy to choose one that allows you to be as comfortable as possible.


I’m sure you’ve heard horror stories where an online dater was shocked by the other person’s appearance. Yes, photos can be deceiving; it’s one of the hazards of online dating unfortunately. However, there is one thing you can do to avoid turning what would be a pleasant meetup into a nightmare: smile.

There are a lot of things that can cause awkwardness or anxiety on a first date, but a smile will always lighten the mood. Greet the person you’re meeting with a big, sincere smile and expect the best from the experience. Avoid awkward pauses and show confidence. These simple tips will definitely make your first date much more enjoyable.

(Try to) Have Fun

It’s a first date; you’re meeting the person for the first time and it can either be perfect or not. What’s important is to have fun along the way. Stop worrying about the little details and just enjoy the occasion. Ask questions and start conversations that the two of you enjoy. You should know enough about the person you’re meeting to have meaningful conversations on the first date.

You should also show interest and be sincere. The first date is not the place to play it cool. After all, the two of you already agreed to meet and take things a step further. The more fun you can have on your first date, the more enjoyable the experience will be and the more chance you have – both of you, actually – of having another date and building a relationship. Use these tips and your first date will not be a bad one, guaranteed!

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