Internet dating and meeting for the first time
So while online dating is on the rise, most online relationships do not lead to long-term committed relationships. (2013), a higher percentage, 30%, of married couples in their sample met online, and those that did were slightly but significantly more likely to stay together and report greater marital satisfaction.
Researchers are just beginning to understand the new and complicated dynamics of online dating, and it is unclear what factors go into successful matching, though long-term relationship satisfaction is likely to come from the same factors regardless of how people meet (go here for an overview of predictors of relationships satisfaction).
If you’re planning your evening and you’re finding nerves creeping in, here are some first date tips to ensure your date is spent talking the night away and is not just a painfully extended awkward silence.
Of course going on a first date with someone you’ve met on a dating site can be nerve racking and feel a little unnatural, especially for those new to online dating. If you’ve met someone online who’s giving you butterflies and you’re planning that all important first meeting, here are some dos and don’ts that will banish the nerves and make room for the conversation to flow.
Take a leap of faith in your online connection and allow the chance for something truly great to develop.
Yet, 1/3rd of people who have used a dating site have never met up for an in-person date.