Going From Online To Offline: Tips To Ease
The transition from dating online to dating in person can be tricky, especially if it's your
first time. Online dating is comfortable and switching to face-to-face can be daunting -
all of a sudden you need to think about time, clothes, makeup, venue and if your '84
jalopy will even get you there at all, let alone on time, instead of lounging on the couch
and type-dating in your pajamas.
But don't fret! If you survive this first date, you may be on to something special - real
life communication and company with a person you may soon grow to love, or at least
have fun with. And isn't that the ultimate goal of online dating, to eventually get off the
computer and to date in person?
Here are four ways you can ease the online-offline dating transition:
Be yourself. This is the most important thing when going out on a first date. For the
last few days, weeks, or months, you've been communicating with this other person via
email, instant messages, and phone calls, but in each of these cases, you still have
room to hide a little. Now is your chance to lift the veil and truly show off who you are,
in all your bold colors, dreadlocks, and mismatched socks. This is a first date; it's not a
marriage. If s/he doesn't like what s/he sees, the most you've lost is a single night out
on the town. The last thing you would want is to get jumbled up is a dishonest web,
have the first date go over well, and then spend the rest of your relationship trying to
Make a good impression. There's being yourself on the one hand, and there's trying to
improve on your weaknesses on the other. If you're generally a late person, you don't
need to "be yourself" by making sure that you show up late to your first date. Maybe
you hate to shower, but don't reveal that as soon as you sit down to dinner. Be on
time, dress appropriately, and be on your best behavior! There's being yourself on the
one hand, and there's trying to improve on your weaknesses on the other. If you're
generally a late person, you don't need to "be yourself" by making sure that you show
up late to your first date. Maybe you hate to shower, but don't reveal that as soon as
you sit down to dinner. Be on time, dress appropriately, and be on your best behavior!
Be confident. You may be shy or find
this first date a little awkward, but try
and fight the urge to bottle up your
opinions and hide in your shell. Take a
step back and remember that you know
this person already, sort of. Smile, speak
your mind, and introduce the best part
of yourself to this new person in your
life. Among dating men and women,
confidence is ranked as the most sexy
and attractive feature among both sexes.
Don't despair. If it doesn't work out, so be it. You can also start from scratch,
compare online dating websites again, and see if there's a different site that better
caters to your dating needs.
Have fun! Maybe you'll find true love during this first in-person meeting or maybe you'll
have an horribly awkward story to share with your friends at work tomorrow morning.
Either way, you should try your hardest to smile, relax, and have fun!
P.S. You may want to reconsider the socks!
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