First date with online dating

Today I’m going to show you how to set up the best possible Date Zero (DZ), the very first face-to-face date with a man you’ve met online or through a dating app.

On the surface, this call is about logistics and avoiding endless texts back and forth, but it is also a safety check. Always trust your instincts and quickly cancel the date if anything doesn’t seem right.

This has several benefits, not the least of which is that a man is likely to ask you out again, for a proper date, if you limit the time spent in this initial meeting.

The purpose of this date is simply to see if there is a mutually agreed-upon level of attraction. A good venue could be cocktails, coffee, or a juice bar—any public space.

You can tell a lot about someone through a brief conversation—no longer than the few minutes it takes to arrange your meeting place and time. Remember, texting is silent: If a man resists calling you it can be a sign that he has a girlfriend or is possibly even married.

Most women are fine with messaging or email contact only, so you may need to say—after he suggests meeting—"Sounds great, could we figure it out on the phone?

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