In this fast-paced, social media-dependent world, we rely on the Internet for everything – from keeping in touch with old school friends and career networking to ordering takeaways and finding a cat-sitter for that weekend away.
Apprehension can strike down the most seasoned dater but, luckily, there are ways to beat it.
In a TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy advises standing tall and open in times of stress, as such ‘power stances’ can raise levels of testosterone and cortisol, boosting confidence and quelling nerves.
Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.
‘People have to imagine how they’ll fit into your life, so describing yourself as a “bookworm and internet addict” makes them feel they’d never see you,’ explains match.com’s relationship expert Kate Taylor.
If you're battling the first date stomach butterflies then congratulations – you’re completely normal.
In fact, if it’s any comfort, your date is probably nervous too!
That's ok, as a first date that goes nowhere is still a really useful learning experience, one that can inspire you to say yes to the date that Claire Cohen, writing for the Telegraph ‘Online dating tipping point: When should you meet in person?
They can be nerve-wracking, exciting and, if they go well, they can be the start of something truly great.
But what, exactly is it that makes a date ‘go well?
’ There's lots of advice out there, so we thought it was time to gather some expert tips together in order to create a first date master guide.