Limiting the time of the first date is a safety precaution: if you end up on a nightmare of a date you’ve already established your “out”.If on the other hand the date is going excellent, suggest to your date that you extend it.

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Honestly, I have never felt comfortable talking on the phone for long periods of time (even to close friends) so I prefer to jump straight from the internet communication to meeting.

If you enjoy talking on the phone or prefer to do so before meeting someone, treat this step like you would the first date by asking for the phone number by the third email.

In contrast, many times the dates ended with coffee or lunch.

This approach is a cousin to the having-your-friend-call-you-and-faking-an-emergency act that some people think is so slick.

Other times, people are just reluctant to meet you because they are still trying to decide if they like you.

After a while, any of these cases is a waste of your time.

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.

A grown woman (or man if the lady is asking) can decide in a few weeks if she would like to meet you – someone looking for a pen pal should do so somewhere else.