When it comes to first date etiquette, it’s usually all about trying to take your awesome self up a notch. Not because you have anything to prove, but because first dates are about putting your best self out there.
But while you’re there to make a great first impression, you’re also there to be honest about yourself and what you’re looking for. Here are some common first date rules.
Always Make An Effort To Be On Time
Yes, things happen, but you really don’t want to keep your date waiting. That’s not fun for anyone. If you’re running more than 10 minutes late, be sure to text and keep them posted.
Put Your Damn Phone Away
Even if there’s some dire emergency, put the phone away. All your friends know where you are, so if you don’t get back asap to a text, they’ll understand. You want to make sure you date knows that they have your full attention.
Be Honest About What You’re Looking For
The first date is the place to bring up what you’re expectations are for the future. If you met through online dating, then take the opportunity to talk about why you’re both online and what you hope to gain from it. If you’re hoping to find true love and they’re looking to just hookup, you need to know early on so you can bail if you need to.
Make A Lot Eye Contact
Your eyes can really let the person know you’re interested or, as the case may be, bored as hell. If you know that you’re one of those people who has a hard time making eye contact, tell your date. It’s better for them to know it’s difficult for you instead of them thinking you’re just uninterested and rude.
In asking questions, you’re also creating a dialogue. When one person is just going on and on, and there’s no feedback on the other end, things can go south fast.
And remember even if your date is awful, try and enjoy yourself.