The First Date
Singles today often meet each other through dating services provided online, and it can provide them with a good opportunity to get to know each other before meeting in real life. They exchange names, and often they trade photos as a first step. Emailing each other for a week or two to see if they are compatible might be the next goal, and they will eventually choose to meet without electronics. The first date of this type can still be an awkward situation, and there are some good rules to follow.
Knowing a person online is not the same as being with them in person, so the feeling of awkwardness is natural. Even though the two might have been communicating for weeks electronically, it is not the same as meeting face to face. Emails, texts, and phone calls are all part of modern dating. While they are expected to help couples get to know each other, they provide an area of safety that shields them from exposure. Meeting the person without that shield is what can provide feelings of anxiety.
There are some rules couples meeting for the first time should follow, and they are important. They should choose a public venue where they will be able to spend time together, but they should not be alone. Either person could turn out to be an axe murderer, so safety should be an important consideration. The second rule is that they should let a friend or family member know where they are going, who they are meeting, and they should have an agreed upon time to check in.
Modern dating can be hazardous, but it is not as dangerous as some singles might believe. Following a few safety rules that are mostly common sense can take the danger factor out of it, and checking in with someone to ensure safety can keep the date from being frightening. Remembering the other person may also feel awkward or experience anxiety can help break the ice, and it may even lead to a great long term relationship.