If at any time you get an odd vibe, or feel remotely uncomfortable, you can just hang up, and not worry about ever talking to this person again.
If you are someone who gets nervous or easily tongue-tied, talking on the phone may not come as easily to you as it does to others.
Don't worry about your phone skills or lack thereof and prepare for future calls by putting together a list of telephone topics in a handy spot.
A telephone topic list can be jotted down on a note card or even in a text document on your computer or on the notepad function of your telephone.
By Bonny Albo You're excited about a person that you've met online.
You haven't chatted in live-time yet, but the two of you have exchanged a couple of emails through an online dating site.
Things are progressing nicely, and you're ready to go on a real, live date. Email communication, although interesting and fun, isn't a good indicator as to whether or not you'll actually click with someone face-to-face.
Email is very one-dimensional; you are only reading what the other person has carefully chosen for you to see.
There is no time to think when you are chatting with someone on the phone and therefore the reaction from your potential date is immediate. Listen more than they talk, or talk overtop of you?
Now, I'm not trying to say that the people you've chatted with are sneaky or trying to be dishonest. Therefore, before meeting someone from an online dating site, spend at least 20 minutes chatting on the phone, first.
Most chatters (more than 73%, according to Com Score Networks) are truthful in their dating profiles. Block your number if you are concerned about your personal information, use a program such as Skype to ensure your privacy, or sign up for a dating website like Lavalife which offers video and voice chat services through their system.
But what you don't know is how the person you are interested in really communicates in live-time. Plus, taking the time to chat with someone you've met from an online dating site before meeting in person is not only prudent, it's a good safety measure too.