General Dating Questions/The first date

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Hello, how're you?
I have recently come to the US, and still I am not very familiar with US dating norms. This is my first date with an American girl. Actually , I am going to have my first date with this girl who I have met on-line. Our fist date is going to be in a park. Turning to my questions:
1-Am I supposed to extend my hand first when we have our first face-face meeting?
2-Do you think handshake would be better than hug when meeting her in person for the first time?
3-Also, at the END of the date handshake would be nice? Or should I go for a kiss on the cheek or hug?  should I ask her indirectly what she prefers ?


Thanks a lot!

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I would make sure she realizes this is your first date out of your culture and that you're a little nervous. Let her reassure you. I think maybe a handshake is too formal but kissing her hand may not be a bad idea at the end if all is going well. Follow her lead as far as hugs and face kisses.

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First and foremost if you read ahead you'll find I have a word limit on questions I'll read. This site is for short simple questions and it should not be for writing essays. Please also note I am unfamilar with most cultures outside of United Stated, UK, and France. Please respect my rules. I don't like rejecting questions. I will be the first to admit that I don't know everything about dating, women/men, and interpersonal connections. However I have learned quite a bit vicariously from other people's experiences. Think of my advice as a second opinion. I would be happy to answer all questions related to relationships, dating, self-confidence, and self-image that I can. I have struggled with all of those things and probably know better than most how to deal with all of them.

I hope more than anything that my advice and opinions will help give people perspective in their lives, and hopefully make them feel better about themselves and their situations. I will attempt answering questions for anyone of any age group or nationality. However it would be particularly useful to know the age of all people involved. It does make a difference towards the advice I give. Also not terribly familar with arranged marriages and situations in which the family can dictate the details of the relationship.

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I don't really have any specific experience in this area other than learning from other people's mistakes and a few of my own, and whatever I've learned as a psychology major.

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