Not too soon as it may scare them away but if you’ve been chatting online regularly for a couple of weeks, ideally you should try to see them sooner rather than later.
In fact, a study at the University of Florida found that you should wait no longer than 23 days after your initial interaction.
If on your first date you get the impression that you both like each other, bite the bullet and arrange a second date then and there.
For example, if your date mentions an activity they enjoy, ask them to join you in a few days time to do that activity.
Read our first message article here Your safety on the date is of upmost importance if anything sets off your instincts before heading on the date, stay safe and decline the invitation.
If you’re happy to go on the date, set it up so that you meet in a public place and tell a friend when and where you are going on the date.
Then for an extra precaution you could check in with your friend a few hours into the date to let them know all is well.
Ultimately, trust your instincts, if you feel like something if off, excuse yourself and leave.
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Ultimately, a successful first date is one where you feel comfortable and confident. They’re supposed to be a fun and casual meeting with someone you’re interested in getting to know.