Taking an Online Relationship Offline - When is it Time to Meet in Person

Taking an Online Relationship Offline - When is it Time to Meet in Person

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A successful relationship is dependent on communication. This especially holds true when you're laying the foundation for a new partnership. If you've tried your hand at online dating and have found someone that has sparked your interest, you may be ready to move your online relationship offline.

 

 

 

Exchange Numbers

After you've comfortably completed the initial process of emails, you may be ready to exchange numbers. Phone call conversations can give you a feel for the person and what they may be looking for. It can also provide insight into their personality. However, don't place too much judgment into a simple conversation, as they may be shy or nervous at the beginning. Providing an interested party with a phone number can make the initial meeting process easier, especially for the person doing the asking. Whether they ask you via text message or phone call, you can encourage the dialogue toward an offline direction. While men like to be chivalrous, you can still retain your femininity by asking a man out first. Safety is a primary concern when dating. If you're unsure about giving out your number, there are ways you can block it from being seen by the other party.

 

Keep the Conversation Short

It can be easy to spend long periods of time on the phone with a prospective date, especially if you mesh. However, there's nothing like an in-person meeting. Initial conversations are best kept short and simple. This gives the other person the opportunity to ask a few questions and lead the conversation to a meeting. You can also relay that you're happy that they've called, but you have only about 10 minutes to talk before you have to be somewhere.

 

Go Simple

Whether you're divorced, widowed or have never been married, dipping your toes in the dating world can be an intimidating process. However, keeping things simple can be provide you with security and comfort. Coffee dates are the ideal first meeting choice. It's also a budget-friendly event that doesn't have to cost a lot of money. If your date fails to bring up getting together after several initial emails, you may be headed toward the pen pal path. You can also feel them out by making a subtle hint. While you enjoy the initial meeting process, you like to keep things simple by grabbing a cup of coffee. However, if they still don't make mention of a meeting, it's probably best to move on. An added bonus is if the man agrees to meet in a location nearest to his date.

 

Geographically-Challenged

Love knows no boundaries, and you may have an attraction to someone further than your personal demographic preferences. After a few emails, phone calls and video chats, you may be ready to finally meet face-to-face. Before you head out on your date, you'll want to choose a public location and let your friends or family know where you are going to be.

 

While the initial emails can be a great way to get to know someone, you don't want to get lost in the land of cyberspace. The latest technological advances of cellphones and computers have broadened the way people date today. However, taking your relationship to the next level is crucial if you want it to turn it into a reality.

 

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Editor, 31.07.2014

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