Dating is difficult stuff. The whole night is about trying to make someone who is practically a stranger like you. It’s a lot of pressure! Let’s face it, first dates can get pretty awkward. Sometimes they get so awkward that you actually have a map to cross out the places you can never ever visit again with the fear that you might bump into that person and *gasp* have to make eye contact or something.
Don’t you worry, we’ve all been there. Here is a quick guide to help you make your dates a little less awkward:
1. The Awkward Silence: it’s your first date and both of you are pretty nervous. Neither of you is sure what to say so you just sort of sit there as the awkward silence stretches from seconds to minutes to what feels like eons.
Trying to save the moment by staring into each other’s eyes romantically never works.
What you’re hoping will happen:
How to save the situation: Comment on something, anything on the table.
2. The Question You Don’t Want to Answer: He asks you an inappropriate question. Maybe he’s nervous, maybe he’s just creepy, or maybe he just really wants to know if you keep dead frog legs in your backyard. Whatever it is, you’d rather not make the situation even more uncomfortable by trying to answer it. What do you do? When in doubt, pick the ladies’ room. It’s the best go-to for anything. He can’t hunt you down in there, and he won’t dare ask what you had to do. It’s the perfect getaway. You can do it as many times as you want. Just walk away, come back, and sit down all lady-like as if nothing happened.
Him: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
Her: Excuse me, I need to visit the ladies room.
Him: Do you have dead frog legs in your backyard?
Her: Would you excuse me? I need to visit the ladies room.
Him: How were your bowel movements today?
Her: Excuse me for a moment, I need to visit the ladies room.
3. The Goodbye: The date went so well that even you’re surprised. Now for the moment that defines your entire relationship for the rest of forever—the goodbye. Your brains goes into overdrive. What’s the protocol? Do you kiss him? But he’s got spinach in his teeth and you’d rather not mention it. Do you do an awkward hug? Go right or left, arms around his neck or waist?! Does a hug put you in the friend zone? Will a peck on the cheek make you seem too much like his grandmother?!
What results is an awkward hug-shake-grope-peck.
How to save the situation: It’s important to remain calm, brace yourself, and just go with it. You’re doomed on this one. The awkward hug-shake-grope-peck is an inevitable part of a first date and it’s a milestone only so many couples pass. Making it to the second date despite the most awkward goodbye of all time makes you a winner!