Online dating is so easy! All you have to do is swipe across your screen in your quest to find the right guy (or just a guy to have some fun with), and meeting up once you've exchanged a few messages.
How much simpler could it get, right?
But there are a few things to keep in mind when meeting someone from Tinder/Hinge/any other dating app for the first time to ensure that things go as well as possible.
Keep your expectations in check
It's all well and good to feel that thrill of getting to know someone new over text messages, and exchange flirty emojis. It's quite another to meet the guy in person when you've been texting for a few weeks.
When you've been exchanging messages with someone, you build a certain idea of the person in your head. It's natural; we all do it. And while the person might just turn out to be exactly as you'd imagined, chances are that you might find them a little...different.
So try to keep your imagination from going wild while talking to someone. The less specific your expectations of them are, the better things are likely to go.
When meeting someone from a dating site for the first time, always keep the date in a public place, and inform a couple of girlfriends (and, if possible, a family member) of where you'll be. It's safety 101: you don't know who the person could be.
Also, try to avoid getting intoxicated. Stick to a coffee date, and save the drinks date for a few dates later when you know him a bit better.
This is a rule that applies for any first date, whether it's with a guy you met on Tinder or in person.
Dressing comfortably allows you to feel confident and at ease. You don't need a skirt that doesn't let you breathe because it's so tight—the feeling of first date nerves is enough breathlessness for the moment!
So, whether it's a simple t-shirt and jeans or a bodycon dress, wear whatever makes you feel most like yourself!
Remember to enjoy
This one might sound obvious, but a lot of women tend to get so hung up on "Could he be the one?!" that they forget to do what a date is meant for—to have fun!
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