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You may think that it sounds silly, but it's sound dating advice to play it safe on the first date. When choosing a location for a first date, pick a public place, and never agree to meet at the other person's home or apartment. You should also try and meet during the daytime or early evening. Tell your friends where you are going, when you're meeting the person, and when you expect the date to end. Have a friend call your cellphone or send you a text message during the date to check up on you. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during the date, you should leave – make up an excuse if you have to. Remember, this is the first time you have met this person; you can't be too safe.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|