Going out on a date to meet for the first time with someone you meet online may be both exciting and risky at the same time. It is exciting because you finally get to meet someone you have been chatting up with online for some time now. But it can also be risky because you might be meeting someone who is very different from the person that you have been talking with online. For all you know, he may be taking up a different online persona. You first need to ensure your safety before you proceed with your first date. Here are some tips worth considering.
Do an online search on your date.
If you need to know more about him, make sure that you try to do some research online. Your potential date may have an online profile out there somewhere that will give you a more detailed information about his background. You might even discover a mutual acquaintance whom you can ask and get even more details. Almost everyone going online nowadays have some information available on the Web. This might be an unfortunate consequence of technology but you can take advantage of it for your own safety.
Talk with your date on the phone or through voice chat.
Before you meet face to face, try to engage your prospective date via a phone call or a video/voice chat. This will help you get a better idea about his character, personality or his intentions. Try to get to know him from your conversation. This will also give you a better sense of whom you are going to meet before actually meeting him.
Trust your instincts.
There are times when you are having second thoughts about meeting someone for the first time. Once you have that initial phone conversation, you feel that something is not right. It is safer to trust your instincts at this point and do not push through with the meeting.
Meet at a neutral and public location.
If you have made up your mind to meet up with your date, make sure that you choose a suitable and safe location. Make sure that it is a place with lots of people going around. This will help provide you with a meeting place where you can feel safe in case something goes wrong.
Bring a friend along.
It is safer to have someone accompany you on your first date. You can inform your date if he is okay that you bring along a friend. You can also suggest having a double date instead. Having a friend along will give you that added layer of safety than when you try to go out on your own on the first date.