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First date do's and don'ts

18 September 2014, 10:58

Nairobi - Most women have been lured, kidnapped and raped in the name of finding love from strangers.

In the modern world, more women and men are looking for partners online and with this new trend comes security concerns.

Here are first date do's and don'ts:

1. Meet in public

Making a three-course gourmet meal from scratch at home might score you a few points, but it's better to have an audience the first time you meet. Arrange your first face-to-face encounter in a public place.

2. Keep it short and sweet

Try to keep the first date short. If you find the spark, you can bow out gracefully.

A coffee date or lunch is a good call and hey, if you hit it off, you can always let the date run through supper or a movie.

Read Also: Online dating tips for the Kenyan woman

3. Phone a friend

Make sure at least one person knows where you are going, who you're meeting, and how much time you intend to spend with them.

Get a friend or family member to give you a 'rescue call' timed for mid-date. You can use the call as an excuse to cut the date short if things go bad.

4. Be independent

Make sure you have your own transport for the first date. Don't be dependent on your potential match for a lift to or from the venue.

5. Guard your full identity

Even though you're meeting face to face for the first time, try holding back full details about your life and identity. There'll be plenty of time to get to know each other if the date goes well.

6. Don't leave home without your mobile phone

Make sure you have your phone with you, and that it's fully charged. Also make sure you know your network's emergency number ... just in case.

Read Also: How to build your sex appeal

7. Keep a beady eye on your stuff

Don't leave your drink unattended, and keep your personal belongings with you at all times - even when you go to the bathroom.

8. Going the distance

If you are meeting far away from home, make sure to arrange your own accommodation, preferably with a friend or relative. Keep the location to yourself. If you can't organize for your accommodation, rather postpone the first date or have your potential match travel to your part of the world.

9. It's ok to be cautious

Being cautious is wise. It's your right to feel safe and secure in any social situation you choose, so don't be pressured into anything that makes you feel vulnerable or uncomfortable.

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