Senior online dating can be a lot of fun. It gives you the chance to connect with likeminded people that you wouldn’t have otherwise met, all from the comfort of your own home. But while chatting to a potential date online and on the phone can be fun, there will come a time when you want to meet your date in person.
This can be a nerve-wracking thought, but the point of using senior dating sites is to form a relationship with someone in person. So, if you are planning to meet your online date in person, here are a few tips that you should follow.
1. Be Well-Groomed
While you don’t necessarily need to dress up to meet your date, especially if you are just meeting for a coffee, you still need to make an effort with your appearance. Showing up with un-brushed hair and a creased shirt will not make a good first impression on your date, and first impressions are important. Make sure that you turn up to your date clean and well-groomed.
2. Listen to your Date
While talking about yourself and your own interests is important, letting your date talk about themselves and really listening to what they have to say is very important. Your date will want to feel like you are interested in what they have to say and their interests. So, make an effort to listen, and always ask follow up questions. If your date says that they have been watching a lot of movies lately, ask them what movies or what their favorite movie is.
3. Be Confident
Confidence is not only an attractive quality, but it can also put other people at ease. While it’s perfectly natural to feel a little nervous on a first date, especially when it’s with someone that you met online, acting too anxious might make your date feel nervous too. It could make the situation more awkward too. So, stand up tall, make eye contact with your date, and speak clearly. This will show your date that you are a confident person and it will make the whole date more relaxed.
4. Keep things Light
When you are first meeting your senior online date in person, make sure that you keep the conversation light, fun and casual. Avoid talking about negative topics, like your ex, and also avoid topics that could cause disagreement, like politics and religion. A first date is not the time for that type of conversation. A first date should be fun and it is the time to get to know more about each other’s interests. Save more serious topics for later dates.
5. Talk about your Interests
The first meeting is the time for you and your date to get to know each other better in person. While on senior dating websites you might have shared your interests, it’s not the same as discussing them in person. Use your first face-to-face meeting to elaborate more on what you love, your hobbies and your interests. This will help the conversation to flow better.
6. Stay Safe
When meeting someone for the first time, you always need to be safe. And that is the same for regular dating and online dating. You can meet just as may dangerous people offline, as you can online, so make sure that you are always safe. Tell a friend or a family member that you are meeting someone and tell them where you are meeting them. Let them know what time you expect your date to finish too.
7. Have a Plan if things Don’t go Well
Online, you and your date might have gotten along famously, but in person things could be different. You might find each other uninteresting, you might find that you conversation together feels stilted, there might be no chemistry between you two or you might just not get along in person. In that case, make sure that you have a way to get out of the date.
Either tell your date beforehand that you have an appointment after the date, or that you have something to do. Alternatively, have a friend call you add a certain time and have a code word or phrase that you will say if your date is no going well. Pretend that the phone call was about work or something else that requires you to leave the date.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your first in person meeting goes as well as possible.