An Inner Bitch Reminder: “Dating is a fact-finding mission, not a commitment.
A modern mechanism is the “coffee date.” This, or similar public venues, for first meetings evolved somewhat from the modern phenomenon of internet (online) dating. The constructed persona is dispelled and disparate individuals can move beyond presentation. It is easy to be clever when responding digitally with plenty of time. It is easy to emphasize or deemphasize things that direct contact reveals. Early dating is a screening process. Online dating can accelerate the early steps, but fact-finding is crucial.