Quit talking about your ex already.
Who hasn’t got a bad date story these days? For anyone trying (and failing) to get their head around dating apps or online dating, these constant nightmare scenarios can feel like a sick joke some evil witch is playing on you.
To stop us all from becoming everything we hate (a.k.a. The Date From Hell), eHarmony has revealed what their users consider to be the biggest date faux pas. In short, these are the things you should never ever do on a first date.
1. Be Rude To Staff
Wherever you have a date, the worst thing you can do is act like a total d-bag to the staff. Not only does it make for a 10/10 uncomfortable atmos, but it shows you up to be a mega a-hole. Dunno about you, but someone ordering waiting staff around like a military general instantly makes my heart seal up.
2. Constantly Check Your Phone
Hey! Are you actually listening to a word I’m saying because it looks like you’re scrolling through your mate’s dog’s Instagram? This is a) rude, b) disrespectful and c) annoying. My worst is when they have their phone on the table, right there in between you, like it’s on the sodding date too.
3. Talk About Your Ex
Like bumholes, everyone’s got them. Refrain from blathering on about them though, it makes people feel weird and on edge. If you chomp on about how awful your ex was, it screams NOT OVER IT. And if you’re bigging them up, it’s like… get back with them then?
4. Swear Too Much
Swearing can be hilarious in the right context. However, if your entire vocabulary is limited to Fs, it can come across as rude, aggressive and kinda moronic.
5. Refuse To Pay Your Way
It’s an instant mood killer when your date doesn’t even pretend to make a grab for their wallet when the bill comes. Realistically, splitting the bill or taking it in turns is The Dream Scenario because, well, it’s the 21st Century.
6. Turn Up Late
I feel like if you know you’ve got somewhere important to be, you should just naturally leave extra ‘just-in-case’ time to get there. Being late signals you’re not that arsed and actually value your own time more than someone else’s. Bad vibes from the get go.
7. Constantly Check Your Appearance
Ever been sat across the table from a date who keeps checking themselves out in their knife’s reflection? Instant turn off. Taking care of your appearance is one thing, but self-obsession is another so find the balance FFS.
8. Come On Too Strong
Obvs if you’re interested, show it. But don’t turn into a creep who won’t take no for an answer. There’s a fine line and if it’s crossed, our legs are going to remain crossed indefinitely.
9. Offer Unwanted Life Advice
As a woman, I’ve had men do this to me SO. MANY. TIMES. There’s a number of dudes out there who will either try to mansplain your own career to you, or patronisingly offer advice for your life in general. To avoid royally effing up your date, keep your unwanted advice to yourself, ta.
From Cosmo UK
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