Should I meet him?

Hey ladies, a bit of a conundrum here. So a bit of backstory: I’m 17 he’s turning 23 ( saying ages makes it sound more, but it’s only 5 years). We met online through a friend and we’ve been talking everyday without fail. We just get on so well. We make each other laugh and have the same sort of humour taste. I have already told him that I am unsure about taking things further with us because of our age gap, but he’s said that he has no problem being with a 17 year old. Recently he’s been talking about meeting up, which I have told him that I don’t think that is a good idea, and he isn’t pressuring me to do anything.

There’s a part of me that wants to meet up, but there’s something that is holding me back. It may just be because I haven’t been in a relationship for a while so I just want someone to have close.

I’d really appreciate it if you can give me some advice which will lead me in the right direction! Thanks 💜💜