So, you've made a connection with someone, and you are thinking of going on your first date. Before you actually set a date, here are some things that you should think about and consider, before going through with it. These are great tips for online daters, but can also be useful to traditional daters as well.
Be emotionally ready before you start dating. Be completely over your ex, and have confidence in yourself.
Be open minded. Don't write people off because someone doesn't appear to be your "type," by what they look like. They may surprise you, and be a great companion/partner.
Have a positive attitude about the experience.
Be yourself and be honest.
Put your safety first. Let someone know where you are and who you are going to be with.
Meet in a place where there are plenty of other people around.
Be on time and dress appropriately for the setting.
Don't talk negative about your exes. If you are asked about them, it's ok to talk about them, just not negatively. You can mention what you learned from the experience, then move on.
Let your date know what you a looking for out of dating. If you are dating for fun, or marriage, let them know that. This way, you won't be possibly wasting each other's time.
You don't have to date only one person at a time. It can take dating several people before you meet one that you are compatible with.
Don't expect to have sex. You don't want to be emotionally attached too soon. Sex can contribute to that.
Offer to split the check, but it is ok to accept if the other party offers to pay for the whole thing.
Don't drink too much alcohol. That will not send a good message.
Put down your phone, and pay attention to your date.
Relax and enjoy yourself.
Those are just some tips on first dates, but could be applied to second, third, and so on, dates as well. The first two, to me, are the most important ones to consider before I would even think of going out on a date with someone: ...being emotionally ready, and keeping an open mind. If you don't have those things down, you are doomed to fail. I don't think it's worth it, if you truly want to meet someone to be happy, with for a long time to come. Just give them a try!