" question should be settled before you step out the door.For the non-dating crowd, playing it close to the vest is more important.
For starters, if you have the choice, try meeting people on sites that vet their users.
In dating situations, sites like OKCupid have extensive profiles.
These can be faked, but a convincing and thorough false profile can take a lot of work.
Additionally, some services like Let's Date allow users to connect their Facebook profile, which provides some extra information.
Don't just let profiles speak for themselves, though.
You can find out a lot about a person yourself just by searching online.
You don't have to track down every habit they have or ruin all the first-date questions.
However, the "Will I survive this encounter with all my parts intact?
In the early days of the internet, it was common advice to never meet someone in person that you'd only met online.
These days, it's much more common—but you should still take a few precautions.
More often than not, if you're meeting someone you've only ever talked to online for the first time, it falls into one of two categories.