Online dating has transformed the dating space, bringing lots of people together across vast distances. Online dating sites and apps are pretty easy to use, which is one reason they are so popular. But what happens after you meet someone through online dating and you have been comfortable with each other? How do you make the switch from a dating app to the real world? Here are some ways to build a relationship beyond online dating.
Exchange phone numbers
This is a simple way of going beyond the dating app to interact with the person. There is something about hearing the voice of someone you might foster a relationship with. Besides that, a person’s voice reveals much more about a person than text. The inflection, tone, pauses, and others will tell much more about the things that the person is saying. With many apps that allow for voice and video calls, exchanging numbers means you can use WhatsApp or Telegram to talk to the person for longer at a much cheaper cost and even see them during a video call. But remember not to overwhelm the other person with calls. Texts may suffice, and they will respond to your messages.
Meet in person
After having a series of personal interactions over the phone, the next logical step is to meet in person. Make the necessary preparations to meet, and do not treat your first meeting as a date. It could be a date of sorts but if possible, spend it doing an activity you both enjoy to lighten the mood. This first meeting should be to find out more about each other and bond.
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Get to know their family
An important thing to do when getting to know someone is getting to know their family. Having some knowledge of their background will help you better understand their personality and other characteristics. Make some time getting to know the family and friends of your potential partner. Never turn down an opportunity to hang out with them; it could prove to be a valuable bonding experience.
Avoid intimacy in the early stages
Intimacy in the early stages of such a relationship may throw it off-track. It could lead to countless questions that may not have immediate answers. The lack of quick answers may also look like stalling and may cause problems. Intimacy is best reserved for later in the relationship when a lot of questions have been adequately answered.
Taking the next step after meeting someone from a dating site is very important. Getting to know who they are is paramount to building a romantic relationship. Hopefully, these tips can help you navigate the next steps of your relationship.
What other tips do you have for building a relationship beyond online dating? Let me know in the comments below!