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The first date: 3 things to keep in mind so that you don’t go wrong

There are a few things that can spoil your special first date without you even realising what went wrong.

sex and relationships Updated: Jul 11, 2017 08:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Relationship Advice,Date Advice,Date Ideas
Sometimes, no matter what you do, things just keep going downhill.(Shutterstock)

My father always said, “Be the kind they marry, not the kind they date.” So on our first date I’d nag the guy for a new dishwasher.

- Kris McGaha, American actress and comedian

So, you’ve finally landed that first date with someone you had wanted to meet for quite some time. The date and time has been set and you have also sort of decided what you shall be wearing. But there are certain things that you need to keep in mind if you want everything to go right. So read on to know what behaviours are unacceptable during first dates!

1. Punctuality

Keeping your date waiting for you is not a good idea. They would keep wondering whether they’ve been stood up or whether you’re purposely trying to keep them waiting and don’t respect their time.

Would you expect him/her to be a good sport and let it go? The chances of that happening are kind of slim, since no one likes to be kept waiting. So always try to be on time for your date! Otherwise it would eventually lead to an unsatisfactory mood overall.

2. Your cell phone

While your date is recounting an interesting anecdote, you habitually keep checking your cell phone for the latest WhatsApp message that you have received.

In a survey that was conducted by Pew Research Center, 88% people said that it’s ‘generally’ not OK to use a cell phone while having dinner. Around 95% said that phones should not be used in movie halls. And just to cement the fact, 82% of those surveyed said that using your cell phone in social settings hurts conversations. A total of 3,000 adults were surveyed for the study by Pew.

So, if you keep doing this, after a certain point of time your date would give up trying to make conversation with you, and you can’t really blame them!

3. Being impolite to the waiters

You order your favourite dessert and patiently wait for it while talking to your date. Then the waiter informs you that it’s not available and you shall have to order something else. Which is when you fly off the handle and scold him for not telling you earlier and keeping you waiting. Not exactly the best way to impress your date! Especially if you consider that your date just might apologize on your behalf, and then you end up having a disagreement over the waiter.

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First Published: Jul 11, 2017 08:20 IST