These Are The 5 Things You’re Gonna Want To Do Before You Meet Your Dating App Match

Going on a first date with the guy you matched with online can feel nerve-racking and exciting at the same time. I mean, this could potentially be the next great love of your life, so you want to make sure that the date goes perfectly right? Well, to ensure that you get the most out of your first date some prep work beforehand is necessary.

Before you head out the door en route to meet your potential Prince Charming, take a look at these 5 things to do before you meet your dating app match.

1.Make an effort

Make an effort

This is gonna be your date’s first impression of you in person, and he is going to be looking to see that you match up physically to your dating profile pic just as much as you will be doing with him. You would be totally disappointed if your date showed off his best attributes online but showed up in person looking like a slob so do yourself a favor and put some effort into how you look and dress the night of your first date. Dressing nicely and wearing something that accentuates your best features, spending a little bit more time on your hair and makeup and making sure your nails are freshly manicured and clean show that you care about your appearance and want to make the best first impression possible.

2. Pay close attention to anything that’s “off” about your date

Pay close attention

Some red flags aren’t as noticeable as others but if you notice any red flags at the beginning or the middle of the date, make a mental note of that right away. Being rude to waitstaff, making inappropriate and insensitive jokes about specific subjects or displaying crass and rude behavior are all signs of ending the date early and not look back. However, if you notice that your date is a little “off,” consider that maybe he is just nervous and not the best at going on first dates. If you see some potential and don’t think that their quirks are too alarming, schedule a second date to see if those flags disintegrate and were just first-date jitters.

3.Have an emergency exit plan if the date is terrible

It happens to the best of us, we meet someone online who seems like they are the perfect match for us, and then we get to the date, and it’s TERRIBLE. Life is too short to sit through another bad date, especially if you don’t see it going anywhere so instead of putting yourself through a torturous bad date, have an escape plan if your date bombs. Call a close friend and let them know that you are meeting up for the first time with a match from your online dating profile and that you’ll need her help in bailing you out just in case the date stinks. By doing this you’re letting someone close to you knowing where you are and who you were with just in case he turns out to be a total psycho, plus, you have someone to help you bail if need be.

4. Questions, questions, questions

This is your first time seeing your match in person so there are specific questions you can ask that you couldn’t ask online or through DMs that you can ask while they are sitting in front of you. These are the questions that you want answers to where you can also pick up on your date’s physical reactions to the questions and any critical body language they give off.

5. A quick background check

Doing a casual background check on your date is really no harm no foul. Especially since you are essentially meeting up with a stranger who you met online. These days people lie and put up such a good facade online, and after we do some digging, we learn their true colors. While not all people are like that, there still are some people who do this all the time so doing an unofficial background check is something to consider. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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