Schedule your date for a public place, let someone know where you are and so on. Plenty of people realise that it's better to be honest, lest they lose points as soon as they walk in the room.
Dating sites would like you to think this is a common occurrence, but the more people I talk to, the more I learn that everyone's experience is different.
However, I've also learned that there are a lot of misconceptions and fears about online dating that prevent people from giving it a try.
The question is whether the people doing it are the ones you'd want to date. Unlike farting in public, though, online dating's stigma is quickly going away.
If you ask around, you'll be surprised how many people you know are doing it. Remember: there are more people doing this than you probably realise.
And, while I can't promise everyone's experience will be as great as mine, I do think it's worth a shot.
Here are a few questions I often get from people who are curious... When it comes to the internet, there's not much people doing. Most people won't admit it, but plenty of them do it.
More importantly: On most dating sites, your profile isn't truly "public". Neither of you have anything to be embarrassed about.
The only people who can see your profile are other people signed up for the site. I ran into a couple friends on Ok Cupid, and it ended up being really funny — and we ended up talking a lot more about our experience later on. But consider this: meeting someone online, especially after you have a chance to vet them, is no less safe than meeting someone at a bar or a club.
In fact, unless you have a buddy system with Batman, it's probably safer.
That said, it's only safer if you take the necessary precautions: don't post personally identifiable information (like your phone number or address) on your profile, and only give it out after you've messaged with someone enough to feel comfortable giving it out.