Actually meeting the person you are talking to is one of the most important steps to online dating.
That sounds amusing but many online daters dwell on internet communication overly long. They wanted me to get the show on the road and they were right to feel that way.
I never went for phone conversations as a stepping stone from internet communication to meeting.
Limiting the time of the first date is a safety precaution: if you end up on a nightmare of a date you’ve already established your “out”.
If on the other hand the date is going excellent, suggest to your date that you extend it.
I once talked to a woman for two months before we met.
She was very nice and we got along well so I was willing to communicate but let her know I’d be talking to others while she gained comfort.
One common reason to delay a first date is due to an attempt to learn more about the other person. I found the first few minutes of the first date are worth more than dozens of emails.