Dating… it can be a rather hard thing to do these days. After all, there are so many rules to remember; rules that ensure you don’t make any silly or stupid mistakes. And, what might have worked for your parents back in the day may not be what you need to do today in the dating world.
The dating world and its rules are not the same. So, it’s no wonder many guys and gals are confused by what they should and should not do. And, since dating etiquettes have changed, it’s up to you to know what you should and should not do.
How To Date Successfully In Today’s World: What You Should Do and Not Do To Make A Great Impression
1 – Make The Right First Impression
First impressions are everything especially when it comes to dating. The problem with most folks is that they don’t realize the kind of impressions they give off. If you’re going on a date for the first time, consider getting advice from friends who are always honest with you.
2 – Arrive To Your Date On Time (If Not, Get Them A Message)
Be respectful of your date’s time. Do everything you can to ensure that you arrive on time… even slightly early if you can. If you know you’ll be running late, give your date a call or have the employees where you’re meeting your date give him/her the message. When you arrive late, be sure to apologize for the delay and give a slight explanation.
3 – Show Your Manners
Today’s society seems to have grown up without any manners. When you’re on a date, this can be a deal-breaker. If you burp, say “excuse me”. If you need something from the staff, catch their attention and ask them, making sure to say “please” and “thank you”. These little things can go a long way in making a great impression.
4 – Don’t Add Your Date To Your Friends List Right Away
Social media is such a popular medium right now. However, when it comes to dating dos and don’ts, the last thing you need to do is add in a new date to your friend’s list. You never just want to add someone to your friend’s list… just to have a new friend or to learn who they are. Go about finding them out the old-fashioned way.
5 – Don’t Send Text Messages About Dates
More and more people are texting more than talking these days. However, if you want to make a great impression on the person you want to go on a date with, consider picking up the phone (cell phone) and ask them out directly. Don’t forget that text messages can get lost in the information superhighway and/or autocorrect might change something you didn’t mean to say. This is especially important in the first few dates where first impressions are everything.
6 – Don’t Bring Your Phone With You (or Place It On Silent)
More folks today have cell phones that they bring with them anywhere and everywhere. However, if you’re able, leave behind your cell phone. If you have a circumstance that demands that you have a cell phone on you at all times, don’t begin a conversation or text message unless it’s rather important. Also, don’t go online with your phone to check your email. After all, you want to give your date your undivided attention as much as possible.
Remember, most importantly, that new relationships can be fun and exciting but, these days, you still need to keep your lives separate from each other… at least in the beginning. Be sure to have fun with your own friends, doing things you like to do. Then, make a date with your “significant other” and do something you both enjoy together. If you fail to do this, the relationship will materialize and de-materialize before you know it.
And, if you think a relationship isn’t going to work, listen to what your gut is telling you and go with it. Most likely it won’t fail you!
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