Tips for first dating

If you had a wonderful time and feel like shooting your date a casual text later that night or the next day, go for it.

Just maybe don’t stalk and accidentally like their Instagram photos—or worse, their ex’s Instagram photos.

Your chances of making it past the dating stage into a relationship are slim if your date does not form a good early impression of you.

Don't let the pressure get to you, however; following a few simple rules may make all the difference in your level of dating success.

This isn’t an arranged marriage; you’ll have second and third dates to share more.

A glass of wine is fine, but try to get to know each other sober.

Even though there are those who claim their love for each other transcends such physical matters, let’s see how they’re doing ten years down the line.

The fact is that sex plays a vital part in cementing the relationship, dissolving the interpersonal tensions of everyday life, and generally bringing a couple closer together.

It’ll alleviate any anxiety he’s having about whether he’s showing you a good time, and it’ll just make you more fun to be around, pure and simple.If your date insists, offer to split the bill, or at least leave the tip.However, if you offer to pay or split, be prepared to pay or split.It’ll only look strange if you tell them all that you’re already seated and waiting to order. If your date asks what you’d like to eat, drink, or share for dessert, don’t say “I don’t care, what do you want? Obviously, you want to look your best, but a first date isn’t the time to take those new stilettos out for a road test, or wear that dress that’s a little tight. Because first dates are anxiety-filled enough and being uncomfortable in your clothes only makes it worse.Plus, won’t it suck to not be able to walk a few blocks on a nice night because your heels are too high? There’s not much to say here without sounding like a preachy parent, but keep this in mind: Having to be carried home by someone you barely know isn’t fun (nor is slurring your words or crying at the dinner table).Keep them semi-general (work, family, hobbies, etc.) until you both feel comfortable enough to tackle the big stuff, like politics, religion, and, uh, exes.

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