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What Never Ever to Do on a First Date

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A first date can be one of the most awkward and painful social interactions ever. Few things compare to the pressure of making it through a two-way audition/job interview/chemistry test with everyone’s dignity intact — not to mention with a second date on the horizon. On the flip side, few things compare with the excitement and butterflies of anticipation when you realize you really like this guy! If you’ve had a string of bad first dates or if you’ve been out of circulation for a while, we’ve got some dating tips to save you from yourself.

Before you get to the actual date, safety first! Never meet at his place. It’s not a good idea to have him pick you up at yours either. We all love chivalry but, not only will he know where you live, you won’t have an easy escape if things start going south. Here are a few more absolute Don’ts for the actual date.

Don’t Talk About your Ex

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Whether it’s positive or negative, talking about your ex sends a bad message to prospective partners. In a nutshell, you either seem like you’re not over him or that you’ve got serious baggage.

Don’t Make Snap Judgements

If he walks in wearing loafers with no socks, tragic facial hair, or has some other surface feature that turns you off, don’t assume he’s unworthy. Get to know his personality and concentrate on upgrading his look later.

Don’t Put Yourself Down

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This is one of the most important dating tips for women. Many of us have a very bad habit of putting ourselves down, especially when we’re nervous. He doesn’t know you! He may actually believe your negative self-talk.

Don’t Brag

That said, no one wants to hear a laundry list of your accomplishments. Be proud of yourself but focus on finding out about him.

Don’t Get Too Gushy About Your Pets

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We all adore our pets and nothing’s sexier than a guy who loves them too but…this is a first date and you don’t want your first impression to be crazy cat (or dog) lady.

Don’t Get Drunk

There are too many reasons to list for why it’s a bad idea to get drunk on a first date. Stop after two drinks to avoid a shame spiral in the morning.

Don’t Order Salad

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It’s such a cliché, but what you order on a dinner date does send a message. Eating like a bird is likely to make him start wondering how many times he’ll have to tell you that you don’t look fat.

Don’t Talk About Money

Money talk is generally boring and, even worse, comes across as shallow. Remember, you’re trying to get to know each other.

Don’t Lie

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Even little white lies can come back to bite you if things actually work out with this guy!

Don’t Talk About Politics or Religion

That’s the age-old rule but there are exceptions. If political or religious views are a deal-breaker for you, by all means bring them up. Otherwise, it’s wise to wait until you’ve gotten to know each other better.

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