Internet dating and phone calls
A great pen pal won't necessarily equate an ideal life partner.
For example, ending a date early may feel awkward, but is it more awkward than leading someone on or committing to another awkward date you don't want to attend?
On one occasion, I squashed a date before it began.
Online dating was actually less scary than it initially sounded. During my six months, I communicated with some strange people and received even stranger emails, but most everyone respected my space and nobody made me feel unsafe. Rules Can Be Helpful, but Leave Room for an Exception: After numerous dates, I came to some conclusions based upon initial judgments of peoples' profiles and communications.
I found it an ideal way to meet people since I did not work with eligible singles or enjoy going to bars. Safety First, of Course: Don't reveal too much about your location or employer in your profile or initial communications and always meet in a public location. I didn't date individuals whose profile pictures featured them taking a photo of themselves in the mirror and learned that a common taste in music does not make up for larger lifestyle differences.
I visited many coffee shops, over-analyzed a lot of emails, and learned more about myself than I wanted to know. So you find that a persistent emailer also shares an appreciation for the same hipster Icelandic band, but everything else about him or her turns you off.
It might feel tempting to toss caution to the wind, because Sigur Rós, but don't. One friend cautioned me to never date a "one-picture person," also known as an individual who only displays one photo of themselves on their profile.
An individual had called me to set up a meeting, but I found the conversation so uncomfortable that I informed him it wasn't going to work out anymore.
It was awkward, but no more awkward than if I had gone on the date because I felt too bad to cancel.5.