When online dating, should you call before the first date?

Back in the day in online dating, the first phone call before the first date was an integral part of the ritual. Back then, phone calls were part of everyday life (landlines! Rotary phones! Payphones! Answering machines!). Today we talk on the phone less and less and younger people feel downright uncomfortable calling somebody. Therefore, you shouldn’t call under any circumstances prior to your date, if you’re not accustomed to making calls to friends and acquaintances. Maybe you can instead use skype, whatsapp or whatever you like best before meeting. If you’re quite used to making calls, then grab for the phone! Either way, it’s only a communicative intermediate step on the way to a first date.