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10 Things You Should NEVER Do On a First Date

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10 Things You Should NEVER Do On a First Date

A first date can be nerve-wracking. You spend too much time deciding what to wear and thinking of intelligent things to say; ultimately, you want to make a good impression. Don’t ruin it by getting drunk, being late or talking about past relationships.

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Make sure that you choose your meal carefully. This means avoiding messy foods, but also eating normally. Don’t order ribs, unless you want to embarrass yourself with sauce all over your face; and if you do order the garden salad, don’t be too shy to actually eat it.

Dress for the occasion, research the restaurant you’re going to and wear the appropriate attire. Make sure you shower before your date, don’t overshare about your personal life, and whatever you do, do not show up late.

Here are 10 things you should never do on a first date.

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Don’t get drunk

It’s your first date and you’re a little nervous, that’s perfectly normal. But as tempting as it may be, don’t try and calm your nerves with alcohol. You’re trying to make a good first impression and the last thing you want to do is end up falling all over the place because you drank too much. Your date doesn’t want to have to carry you home.

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Don’t discuss your past relationships, or ask about theirs

Unless you want to completely scare your date away, don’t talk about your crazy ex or how you are still great friends with him or her. You are there to get to know your date, not talk about someone from your past. Plus you may give off the impression that you are not over him/her, and that’s the last thing you want to do while trying to connect with someone new.

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Don’t order messy foods

You have already spent enough time preparing yourself to make a good impression, so choose your meal carefully and don’t ruin it by ordering messy food at dinner. This means staying away from chicken wings, spaghetti, ribs and tacos, just to name a few.

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Don’t talk about marriage or babies

It’s your first date, don’t rush things. Spend this time having fun, learning about one another and enjoying each other’s company – refrain from marriage and baby talk.

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Don’t talk about sex

Intimacy is a touchy subject, and quite frankly a very personal one. Don’t ramble on about your sex life or ask your date about theirs. If the relationship continues, there will be plenty of time to discuss it.

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Don’t reveal personal details about your family history

Your date does not need to know that a medical illness runs in your family or that you are having issues with your mother. They want to know about you, not the personal details of your family life. When the relationship becomes more meaningful and you can really trust the person, then go ahead and have this discussion.

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Don’t be late

You’re trying to make a good first impression, and punctuality is extremely important. Whether you hit some traffic, or got caught up with personal issues, showing up late sends the message that you don’t care. Avoid this from happening by leaving home earlier than normal.

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Don’t constantly check your phone

This is your first date and if there was ever a time to be attentive, it’s now. Even if work won’t stop emailing you, your friend won’t stop texting and you keep getting notifications on Facebook – check it later. Or better yet, keep your cell phone in your purse to avoid the temptations of looking at it.

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Don’t forget to shower before

This should be a give-in, no one wants to sit across the table from someone with bad body odor. You may have put on some nice clothes, but if you don’t wash your hair, clean up your beard and cleanse your skin, you’re likely to stink and possibly ruin your date for good.

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Don’t bring a friend

Having two sets of eyes and ears on your potential mate and relieving any anxiety that you may have may seem like a good idea, but no one wants to go on a date with a chaperone. Your date is there to spend time with you, not your friend. If all goes well, you will have plenty of time to introduce him/her to your friends later on.

10 Things You Should NEVER Do On a First Date