Welcome to our Dating Advice page. The staff offers this page to our readers in hopes that it will help them have a more enjoyable time online and offline. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It is more like a baby list. It will grow in time with the help of our staff and readers (who are willing to share their dating advice with us).
First date jitters are common for everyone. Overcome it with confidence and you will keep your date coming back for more.
Don't try to be someone who you are not. Plus, being your self comes naturally.
Be Utterly Charming
If your date is going well, be sure to shoot them a couple of compliments. Compliment them on their attire, on their appearance, on their taste in food, and so on. Everyone loves compliments.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
If this is your first date, always meet in a safe and comfortable public location. Provide your own transportation to the upcoming date.
Be Focussed on Your Date
Avoid the embarrassment and engrain your date's name in your mind. Referring to your date as "dude" or "girl" probably won't impressed them as much as their real name.
Nobody likes surprises. Before meeting each other in real life, always share a recent photo of yourself.
Share something with your date that keeps them wondering. If you hiked the Rocky Mountains, share it. If you donate your time to help people in need, share it. If you have a pot belly pig waiting for you at home, share it.
Be Appropriately Dressed
Avoid that nagging uncomfortable feeling and dress for the occasion. If you are going dancing, don't wear flip-flops. If you are going to a nice restaurant, don't wear your out of style flannels. Dress like you've given it some thought.
You can never be too safe. If you're getting to know someone online, guard your anonymity until you are ready. If you are meeting up for the first time, always let your friends or family know the 5 W's ahead of time.
Break the ice and share a laugh. It's a sure way to make someone feel comfortable around you.
Don't Talk About Your Ex's
Your date is there to get to know you, not your ex. If you are asked about your ex's, reply with a short and simple answer and then move on to something else.
Don't Forget To Smell Good
It's simple, be inviting. Brush your teeth and take a shower. Enough said.
Don't Be Rude
If alcohol turns you into Mr. Hyde, then sip on a glass of wine. If you are super passionate about politics or religion, save it for a second date. Practice good table manners.
Don't Rush It
You can't rush a relationship. It has to be mutual before it is meaningful. Let fate take its course.
Don't Be Late
Nobody likes to wait. We can't stress enough the importance of making that first good impression of being on time.
Don't Make Complicated Date Plans
First dates are meant to be simple. So, don't make it an all day affair. Keep it short and sweet. Make them come back for more.
Don't Lead Them On
If you are not having a good time with someone online, gently decline further communications. Similarly, if you are going out on a date and it's not going well, gently decline future meetings.
Impressing your date with lies won't get you very far. Not only that, as your lies accumulates, it will eventually catch up with you. Impress your date with the truth instead.
Don't Believe Everything You Read
We just got done suggesting for you not to lie on or offline. But we're guessing that not everyone will follow this rule. So, when you are exchanging emails and instant messages, be mindful of what they are saying. If it's too good to be true, then it's probably not true.
Don't Meet Until You Are Ready
No one should be rush to meet until they are ready. If your online companion is pushing for a meeting and you are not ready, just let them know that you are not ready. You should never be pressured into meeting anyone until you feel that you are ready.