When you really think about it, a first date is pretty much like a job interview; it’s a feeling-out process where you discover the traits and characteristics of the person from whom you’re sitting across, all while trying to formulate a strategy to win them over. When vying for a job, you’d typically try to avoid espousing your personal beliefs on topics such as religion or politics, so why do it during your first date? If you focus on their religious or political affiliations so soon, your date will morph into a debate. And remember: nobody gets action after a debate. That’s definitely one way to assure that your first date will be an awkward one.
If you’re a glutton for punishment, below is a list of 8 ways to guarantee that your night out will be cringe-worthy:
8. Blatantly Check Out Your Server
We’re all human, but try to at least appear to restrain yourself from glaring at that hot waitress/waiter. Keep in mind that lame excuses like saying that you just saw someone trip will only work once. If you’re caught by your date this early in the game, then you’ll be in for a rocky ride.
7. Have A Phone Conversation At The Table
Sitting there with a stranger while they go through a myriad of emotions as they speak into a small hunk of plastic is the epitome of awkward. When you barely know the person, hearing them gab nonsensically about subjects that you can’t possibly know about will just leave your eyes wandering as you wait for them to end their conversation. Number 8 is more acceptable here.
(Honourable mention: texting)
6. Run Into Someone That You Know
This is bound to happen if you’re dining close to home, but things can get sticky – especially if you run into an ex. While a long-winded conversation between buddies can be slightly uncomfortable, nothing comes close to that moment when you’re obligated to introduce your date to them. Even Charlie Sheen would agree that there’s no winning in this situation.
5. Mention Your Number
Bragging about your past conquests is reserved for the time that you spend with your buddies. Period.