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First date online dating

There's often a jarring difference between how it feels online and what it feels like in person. Generally, get to know the person as well as you can before meeting (but don't wait too long, because interest may wane over time). Meet up with people who are open to sharing about themselves.

According to the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of Americans recently reported using online dating sites to meet people, and online dating is gaining wider acceptance across most age ranges, notably tripling among people age 18-24 from 10 percent to 27 percent between 20.

The more someone knew, the better—and the more they had asked about the other person ("information seeking"), the more likely the first date was to be successful, presumably because doing so reduced uncertainty.

It appears that, in general, people who ask more before the first date have a better experience than those who wait until they meet to find out important information, possibly because they are less likely to be disillusioned.

Similarly, greater communication predicted a more successful first date, especially when people really were similar to each other.