It is possible that you might feel like you know someone inside and out even before meeting them in person.
After spending hours chatting online with them, exchanged emails and text messages and maybe even a phone call, it's time to kick things into the next gear by meeting face-to-face.
But a first face-to-face meeting is different to chatting online, and it is important that you remember a few important things (other than what you are going to wear of course!).
Do remember that no matter what he has told you, you do not know this person. Yes, even though you know his first dog was named Snuffles and what his views are on world debt.
The guy you are meeting might be completely different in person than what he is like chatting online. Therefore, definitely talk to him on the phone before meeting and always, ALWAYS meet in a public place where you are sure other people will be around when you meet.
Suggest going to a familiar place like your favourite coffee shop, and at a reasonable time. Also make sure that you end the date when there are still people around.
If you decide to move somewhere else, like a restaurant, take your own car or when using public transport, make sure that you are familiar with the route and surroundings. Don't take a walk with him somewhere where you don't know the area.
Don't feel silly about asking a friend along to the first meeting. A friend could help you suss out the guy, and could make things less awkward.
If your online chatting partner kicks up a fuss when you tell him you are bringing a friend, you might want to reconsider meeting him at all.
Keep this sort of precautionary behaviour up for the first few meetings, and don't apologise for opting for the 'better safe than sorry' approach.
Trust your sixth sense at all times women's intuition should be respected and responded to.