Important Do's and Don'ts for first dates
First dates can definitely be awkward, but with these ten awesome tips about things to do, you can turn an awkward situation into an awesome one.
- Make Sure It's A Date
Sadly, this needs to be said. Nowadays, people like to keep their options open and “just hang out”. If there is any ambiguity about the date at all, there is a good chance that it is not a date.
- Pick A Place That's Not Too Expensive
Expensive dates are geared more towards couples who have been together for a little while. Sure, it might impress her when you spring for a $200 meal, but this could lead to hurt feelings when it does not go the way you planned.
- Meet At The Location
Who wants to deal with an awkward car ride? By finding your own way to the dating venue, you also give yourself the opportunity to bail if the date goes south.
- Go For A Walk
Sitting down at a table and trying to make conversation can be tricky, why not grab a cup of coffee and take a walk in the park? This will give you an idea as to whether there is any natural chemistry.
- Dress Appropriately
You do not need to break out your Sunday best for a first date. Dress in a way that conveys interest, without going too far over the top.
- Loosen Up
Sometimes, a drink can make a world of difference when talking to a new person. Our natural instinct tells us to clam up, whereas alcohol strips our inhibitions away and makes us more talkative. If you choose to have a drink, keep it simple and don't overindulge.
- Pay Attention
Whether we admit it or not, we all have certain deal breakers. Sure, the other person might be super cute, but if they are an avid pet lover and you are allergic, it will be hard to see each other too often.
- Be Casual
The other person does not need your entire life story on the first date. Strike the right balance between sharing the necessary information and being overly chatty.
- Pay If You Asked
Did you ask the person on a date? That means you are the one who is doing the paying. This is why picking an inexpensive place is crucial, because it allows both parties to enjoy themselves without getting all philosophical about who pays for what.
- Initiate Physical Contact
No one's saying you need to jam your tongue down their throat, but initiating physical contact of some sort lets them know you are interested and if they shy away, this lets you know when they are not.