First dates can be thrilling. Meeting someone new adds excitement and the possibility of finding a life-long partner.
Whether you choose a dinner date or a quick coffee at Starbucks, a first date is going to be a world of new experiences. If you want your first date to lead to a second one, it is important to make a good impression.
These 8 rude gestures will cause your first date to go horribly wrong:
1. Skipping the tip
Let's get something straight. Tipping is sexy and required. If you can't afford to pay for the meal and tip, then don't offer to pay for the whole dinner. 15 percent is standard and highly suggested. I'd rather split the meal than have my date skip tipping. Don't forget to address who's paying before the date starts. It prevents the awkwardness.
2. Showing up late to the date
Be on time. Leave early. Do what you need to do to be on time. Timeliness is critical to making a good first impression. It shows that you respect and value the time of your date.
3. Texting while your date is talking
The last thing anyone wants to see on a first date is the back of your phone. Put your phone in your back pocket. Where it's out of sight, out of mind. If you can't stay focused on the conversation at dinner, then you're sending the message that you're bored. What's the point of a second date if the first one was boring?
4. Drinking too much at dinner
Keep it classy. It's not the move to be so drunk your date needs to drive you home. Limit yourself to one drink on a first date and you won't regret it.
5. Complaining about your ex partner
Limit your comments about your ex partners. If you date asks, be transparent. However, talking about your past partners will send the message that you're not over it.
6. Asking to 'Netflix and chill' after the date
Don't push it too far on the first date. If you've read the situation wrong, it could make your date very uncomfortable. Additionally, it sends the messages that you're only interested in sex.
7. Chewing with your mouth open
Your manners at the dinner table are important. Watch a YouTube video or ask your mom. Manners are sexy.
8. Bragging about your achievements
No one wants to hear how great you are. Stay humble when talking about yourself. Be honest and be real.