“On the other hand, if you’re certain you want to see her again, before you part, suggest getting together over the weekend.

Joy Davidson, the stakes are generally higher for her.

“Remember that getting ready for a first ‘meet-up’ takes as much time and effort for a woman as a real first date,” Davidson explains.

Perhaps, but it’s a lot less cruel in the long run than leading her on.

Will she analyze it to death, beat herself up, and second-guess every word that came out of her mouth?

More than likely, but your karma will be clean, and you can move on to the next Miss Right with a clear conscience.

But it’s a thorny issue - and one that must be tackled, as more and more of us turn to the online dating.

“You needn’t go so far as to spring for dinner, but a drink in a nice environment, or even lunch, will make a far better impression than coffee at the local Starbucks,” she says.

“By treating her with respect, picking up the check, and in general being cool, you’ll win points.

Now, it’s time to actually link up with “the one”—or one of the ones—beyond the digital realm and in reality.