On the contrary, the purpose is to maximize your chances of creating a successful future relationship by pointing out potential hazards in the road.

In your quest for meaningful romance, things are starting to look up.

You recently went on a first date, and it must have gone well because you now have plans for a second.

That means it’s a really good time to take a deep breath and make sure both feet are in contact with the ground.

If that seems to you like a downburst of rain on your parade, it isn’t meant to be.

Furthermore, if there is a “race” to run, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The truth is, a second date would be better described as a “second first date.” Think of it as version 1.5 of a new software release—mostly the same, but with slight upgrades and a few of the bugs worked out.

For instance, the worst of the awkward uncertainty is behind you.

You’ve settled the question of compatibility on the most basic level—neither of you counted the seconds until the evening ended. But not nearly good enough to disable your firewall and hand over your password.

Here are two things to remember on a second date: Be cautious about getting too personal too soon.

The quickest way to get ahead of yourself early in a new relationship is to let the conversation wander into territory that’s highly personal.

But remember: You don’t yet know how trustworthy your date is!

Now is not the time to play Truth or Dare, confess your sins, or to disclose your secret fantasies.