1. Don’t Be Late

Don't Be Late
Don’t Be Late

If you show up to the date half an hour late with no explanation, you’re already starting off on the wrong foot. It’s rude to keep anyone waiting, especially your date. If you know you will be running behind, let your date know ahead of time.

2. Don’t Be Rude

Don't Be Rude
Don’t Be Rude

No matter what type of day you’ve had, be polite to your date. This rule is true whether this is your first date or your eighty-first date. Dates are supposed to be enjoyable, not uncomfortable. You should also be polite to the other people you encounter on your date, including servers. You will undoubtedly make your date feel uneasy if you snap at the waitress.

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4. Don’t Get Grabby

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Dont jump past first base to third. Unless you’ve already established a relationship with your sweetie, don’t become “all hands.” This is one of the quickest ways to make someone incredibly uncomfortable. If this is your first date, it is best to assume that sex is not even an option. On a similar note, it is generally considered rude to ask questions about your date’s sexual past when the two of you are in the getting-to-know-you stage.

5. Ask Questions

Ask Questions
Ask Questions

Do ask his or her opinion and find out about the other person. Avoid a long monologue about your history, especially if it isn’t followed up by asking about your date’s history. If you act as if the date is all about you, you may quickly find yourself alone.

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7. Pick Up the Check

Pick Up the Check
Pick Up the Check

If you were the person to issue the invitation and initiate the date, you should be the person to pick up the cost of the date. This is true regardless of your gender. If you do not want to pay for everything, make this clear when you first suggest the date. Never assume that the other person is going to pick up the check.

8. Look Nice

Look Nice
Look Nice

Do consider your attire. This doesn’t mean you have to blow your savings on a designer suit. Anyone can put on a clean shirt and pressed pants. Dress appropriately for the date and show that you put some effort into your appearance. You should have enough respect for your date to be in clean clothes, smelling nice and have your hair brushed.

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10. Be Considerate

Be Considerate
Be Considerate

Make eye contact to demonstrate your interest in your date. Be respectful of your date if you smoke and don’t force your date to experience second-hand smoke. Also, if you take your date somewhere, don’t abandon him or her. Your date should feel important to you.

11. Don’t Mislead

Don't Mislead
Don’t Mislead

Be yourself and don’t pretend to be someone you are not. You want to present an accurate portrayal of who you really are while also putting your best foot forward.

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