What not to do on a first date – The worst first date offences
Dating don’ts: top five first date no-nos
Our newest survey has revealed the most common causes of first date failure. The survey, which looked at responses from 770 UK singles, discovered which behaviour traits are the most repulsive on a date. Commit one of these deal breakers and you can say goodbye to being asked on a second date.
Having bad breath or body odour
We don’t need to explain why this is major turn off! Stay away from smelly foods and make sure you’re showered and minty fresh before heading on your date.
Checking your phone constantly
Put your phone away! You can check your emails, scan your Facebook feed, text your friends after the date. Your phone can wait whereas you only have a limited time to make a good impression on your date. Live in the moment and enjoy the company you’ve put the effort into meeting.
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Being rude to the waiter
A sure sign that will not be invited on another date is if you rude to other people. It doesn’t matter if you are the sweetest, kindest and most generous person to your potential match, if they see you being rude to someone else, it’s game over. Thinking of wearing your favourite t-shirt with the ironic but offensive slogan? Don't! It’s childish and tacky - even if you think it’s hilarious.
Getting too drunk
One or two drinks on a first date is fine. But don’t rely on drinking alcohol to loosen up or for liquid courage. It will only end badly. Being drunk is definitely not attractive or funny. Don’t feel pressured to match your date with every drink they have, pace yourself and drink lots of water.
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Pushing to have sex at the end of the date
There’s nothing wrong with having sex on a first date, as long as both of you feel comfortable and are keen. If you sense that your date might not be up for it, don’t keep trying to seduce them. It is better for your relationship in the long run to wait until you both feel happy to sleep together.
The dating deal breakers that may be a bit more surprising...
Inviting your date for a fancy dinner
82% of our survey respondents prefer more casual dates; inviting your date out for a coffee is the much safer option than a fancy dinner. However, never suggest meeting for the first time at your family dinner, even if you think it will be a casual event! 81% of UK singles said this would be the worse first date offer.
It might be wise to forget your smartphone has a camera, as mid-date selfies are also frowned upon. Indeed, hated by one-in-four British men, selfies are an even bigger first date sin than not offering to split the bill.
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Not talking enough
76% of UK singles would rather their date spoke too much on the first meeting. So those who think you need to be a good listener on a date can take a sigh of relief – chat away!
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Adding your date on Facebook
You should wait before sending that friend request: nearly 21% of UK singles would be put off of a second date with someone who immediately added them on social media.