5 First Date Rules Everyone Should Follow
Unless you’re that person who’s been happily married to your high school sweetheart forever, you’ve probably been on a bad first date or two. Bad first dates are a fact of life. That said, here are five rules to follow to make sure that you’re not the butt of a first date horror story.
RULE NUMBER ONE: Don’t Get Wasted
Not getting wasted on a first date might seem like common sense. But, you would be amazed at how many people don’t follow this cardinal rule. The reasons behind not getting uber drunk within the first couple hours of meeting someone are countless. So before you go in for that next drink, remind yourself that no one wants to deal with a drunk. Its that simple.
RULE NUMBER TWO: Don’t Go On and On About Your Ex
Everyone has a past. But, there is no reason to make a new person sit through the nitty gritty of your last relationship. An ex is a ex for a reason. You know that. Down the line, if you and your date hit it off, there will be plenty of time to discuss your past. But in the beginning, focus on getting to know each other. Not the ins and outs of your last relationship. Not to mention, if you keep going on and on about your ex, your date is probably going to think that you’re still not over it. And, imagine being in your dates shoes…would you want to hear someone talk about their ex endlessly? Chances are the answer is no.
RULE NUMBER 3: Dress Well, But Not Too Well
Getting ready for a first date is never easy. You want to look good, but not too good. Think about it this way — remember that person in high school that was SUPER HOT. Take a look at their Facebook feed today, chances are they don’t look as good. This is because they peaked too early. The same applies to dating. You don’t want to pull out all the stops on your first date because it will only go downhill from there. Instead, wear something flattering that makes you feel good, but save your A+ outfit for date two or three.
RULE NUMBER 4: Put Your Phone on Silent
It is 2017 and being glued to your phone is a part of life. But, when you’re on a first date take a break from rubbing your screen for a few hours. It is impossible to be present when you are playing on your phone. And, who knows what will pop up on your screen. The last thing you need is a text confirming tomorrow night’s date while you’re on tonight’s date. And, you really can’t get to know someone if you’re too focused on your phone. If for some reason you just can’t bear to be phoneless the whole time, sneak away to the restroom once during the date and check your messages. But, don’t take too long, because that’s a whole other bag of worms.
RULE NUMBER 5: Don’t Talk About Food Issues
Everyone knows that person who is constantly on some sort of diet. That said, no one wants to hear about how you alternate between being a gluten-free vegan and going Paleo. First of all, diet restrictions make you look difficult and high maintenance. Second, plenty of people have very different eating habits than their partners. So, why even bring it up. If it’s a dinner date, simply order something that fits into your eating plan. Don’t talk about why you ordered it.