Starting a friendship relation online is highly common nowadays. Most people are too busy with their jobs and daily struggles to have time to meet new people the old fashioned way. Thus, meeting new people online became the main socializing activity for many. However, online chatting is quite different than a person is in real life. So, if you want to take your online friendship a step further and meet that new person face to face, here are some rules you should follow:
Meet during daytime
The first date is always awkward for both persons, thus it will be easier if you meet during daytime. A quick coffee in lunch break or during the weekend is the best way to take the online friendship into the real world, without raising expectations.
Meet in public
Although you have chatted for days, weeks, even months before meeting your online friend in real life, the first meetings should never be at your place or at your friend’s place. Choose neutral spots and crowded places until you feel comfortable with each other well enough. A café bar, a park or even the movies are better ideas than meeting your new friend alone for the first time.
Avoid drinking alcohol
Although wine nights seem like the best way to have fun in your 20s, you should leave alcohol aside when meeting your online friend for the first times. Apart from being impolite, one too many glasses of alcohol may lead to bad decisions which you will surely regret the next morning.
Drive in your own car
A good way to resist temptation of having “just one beer” is to always drive with your own car when meeting a new person for the first time. This way you will always be in control and not depend on his/ her ride back. However, if you do not have a car, avoid letting him/ her drive you back to your place. It is always safer to take a cab/ Uber, the bus or the subway.