We know that dating can be frustrating, so we’re here to provide you with a few more tips to consider as you search for a compatible significant other:
8. Dress to Impress. No matter what you think, first impressions do count, whether in a boardroom or on a first date. I’ve heard so many people say, “I am just going to throw on clothes; I don’t care about this date” before they ever even meet the person! Don’t self-sabotage! Go out in style and confidence!
9. We know that there are mixed views, but we have to say it: Don’t Have Sex on the First Date… Or the second. This has nothing to do with being ‘prude’, but has everything to do with factors that are key to building lasting relationships. Build the relationship FIRST if you want it to go somewhere serious. If you do not want it to progress forward, choose to do whatever you want!
10. Disconnect to Connect. PUT AWAY YOUR CELL PHONE! It is rude to answer your phone, text or “check in” on social media sites while you are enjoying a dinner date. Often, it tells your date you are more interested in what’s going on online then in them.
11. Don’t Assume it is Okay to Take Food Off Of Your Date’s Plate. If you are a fellow Friends TV fan, you know very well “Joey Tribiani doesn’t share food” and your date may not either!
12. Don’t Speak Badly About Your Ex(es), even if you still harbor strong feelings. It is tacky. Take the high road and remember that it is better to say nothing at all in this case.
13. Observe Check Etiquette. Despite women’s equality and feminism, the man should pay for the first date(s). Guys, don’t look at your date blindly and say, “Should we split the check?” Take the initiative and pay. It is the gentlemanly thing to do while allowing you to display a sense of responsibility. Of course, as the relationship progresses, this dynamic can certainly change over time. If finances are a concern, plan an inexpensive date such as going for ice cream, coffee, a picnic in the park, but whatever you choose, pick up the tab!
14. Be Punctual. This is not the time to be late! I recently set up two friends on a blind date and the guy arrived 45 minutes late AND he did not pay for the dinner. Consequently, she went running for the hills!
Dr. Marisa Hammock and Dr. Monique Griffith