The Internet allows us to search for and communicate with people from all over the world, regardless of their proximity to us.Unfortunately, that makes a real dating relationship difficult once you have to translate it into the real world.So feel free to make those choices, even if you are typically unuse to doing so.First Dates Should Be in Public This is a no-brainer, but sometimes, even the obvious needs to be said.Don't feel the need to give out your phone number if you're not comfortable doing so.Instead, ask for theirs and remember to put in the code for blocking caller ID before making the call.Be Realistic Prince (or Princess) Charming may very well indeed be waiting for you online, but you should also set your expectations just a little bit lower. Don't believe that everyone who shows interest in you is worth your time.And don't get disenchanted if your first date decides they don't want a second.
Ask informative questions of the other person to ensure they match what and who they say they are in their profile.
(But hey, if you find someone to swoon over, that's cool too!
) Being realistic also means setting realistic expectations about geography.
Staying Anonymous for Awhile Most online dating services use a double-blind system to allow members to exchange correspondence between each other.
This allows members to communicate, but without knowing each other's email addresses or other identifying personal information.