Don't Agree To A First Date Until You've Done This One Major Thing

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As told to Ed S., sponsored by TruthFinder

The butterflies never go away. When you meet someone new and exciting, your heart starts to beat a little faster, and before you know it, everything changes.

And it doesn’t matter if you met them in person or online dating — what’s important is that you met, and you both want to see where it leads. Here’s how this website called TruthFinder transformed my love life for the better.

I met a girl named Jordyn. We had grown up in the same state, but she was going to college a few cities over, and I was trying to figure out my next career move. I had no idea who she was or what she was like, but one day, she commented on a picture of mine on Facebook and I was hooked.

We started messaging like crazy after that, and I could feel my stomach doing flips every time I heard my phone ding. After a couple of weeks of non-stop conversations, it finally came time for us to meet.

“So…are you free this weekend to drive over?” she wrote.

“Yes. I’ll be there :).” My hands were shaking.

I couldn’t help but feel excited and eager, but then suddenly I thought: “Wait, I don’t know anything about her! What would we even talk about? What would I want to ask her? Is there anything she’s hiding? Is she even a real person?"

These were all questions I wanted answers to before things got serious.

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Why You Should Properly Prep For Your First Date

Everything I knew about her so far was helpful, but I wanted to know what I was getting myself into before I made the drive. TruthFinder gave me everything I needed to know in an instant.

Once I entered her name and location into the search bar, the site went to work for me. It pulled up all of her available information from databases throughout the country—local, state, and federal—and within minutes, I had her complete history ready to view. The entire process was easy to follow, and the report gave me some incredible insights. Here’s what I found out:

Location: She had always lived in Michigan. It showed me where she must have grown up as a kid, and then it tracked her all the way across the state to where she lived during school. At least I knew I wouldn’t be wasting any gas!

Jobs and Education: I was surprised to see that she had worked as a barista and as a florist in high school. The site even showed me that she was majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish! How cool!

Social Media Profiles: I was pretty familiar with her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, but it was so hilarious to see some old childhood photos that her parents shared on their pages.

Aliases: It was great to know that she wasn’t living under a false identity, but I did find out that she was given her mom’s last name when she was born. This site is crazy accurate!

Additional Info: There are other categories you can use to learn about a person, too, like professional licenses, criminal records, traffic tickets, and even evictions. I was wondering if a bad streak would surface at some point, but she was an angel.

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I Felt Relieved And Ready For Anything

Once the weekend arrived, I can’t tell you how happy I felt to know that I was meeting someone genuine. It was a new experience for me to fall for someone I had never met, but TruthFinder gave me the confidence to embrace the possibilities.

It’s hard to find a connection with a complete stranger, and you don’t want to ruin it by seeming too eager or being too invested right away. To combat this, TruthFinder gives you the freedom to learn more about someone discreetly, and you can go on your first date knowing exactly who your crush is and that things are starting off on the right foot.

Knowing The Truth Is Always A Good Thing

Even though things with Jordyn didn’t work in the long run, I’m still thankful for getting to know the real her. With what she told me about herself, and with what I learned on TruthFinder, I felt happy and safe spending my time with her.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with others.

Since there is a veil of secrecy that comes along with any online encounter, it’s best to do your homework and research someone who could potentially be involved in your life. Your protection is by far the most important thing to consider, and TruthFinder can tell you if someone new has a dangerous history.

If you’re planning on meeting up with a new crush for the first time, you owe it to yourself to be prepared. Who knows? Maybe it will lead to something spectacular.

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Created in partnership with TruthFinder. This is a fictional dramatization based on real events as told to TruthFinder. Some names and characteristics have been changed, and some events are fictitious.