Actually meeting the person you are talking to is one of the most important steps to online dating.
Added: 6 January, 2018
That sounds amusing but many online daters dwell on internet communication overly long. I made this mistake early on and now understand why a few girls, after several emails, would ask direct questions like “Is there anything else you would like me to answer?”. They didn’t want to answer more questions! They wanted me to get the show on the road and they were right to feel that way.
There are times where you will feel like you are communicating with a “great catch” only to realize what a mistake that was 60 seconds into the first date. It is important to meet early on so less time is spent talking to the wrong person and more time is spent trying to find the right one.
When to Ask for the First Date
Sooner rather than later. The first date should be planned not long after communication has begun. It is personal preference on how long to wait but there are very few reasons to delay. After all, contacting someone is just a pre-cursor to the first date. It’s not as if you hoping to “chat” with someone and end it there. You want to talk with them and if things go well meet them.
One common reason to delay a first date is due to an attempt to learn more about the other person. This is not a very good reason. I found the first few minutes of the first date are worth more than dozens of emails.
Another reason to delay would be if the person you are communicating with has expressed extreme reservations about meeting people from the internet. I once talked to a woman for two months before we met. She was very nice and we got along well so I was willing to communicate but let her know I’d be talking to others while she gained comfort. This reason is acceptable, especially considering the hassle that some women end up going through when dating online.