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Nobody’s amazing at first dates (except for sociopaths—they’re great at being charming under the worst conditions). First dates are designed to be uncomfortable. First dates are all, “Hi! Here we are. Both admittedly looking for love and trying to determine if maybe that love can be here…all within a one to three-hour interaction.” The only way to really know if there is a connection is to relax and keep the conversation casual. Of course, nothing about a first date makes you feel relaxed or casual. Now some people have tactics to trick themselves into feeling calm so they can have some semblance of a normal interaction. If you’re not one of those people, then you probably end up saying a lot of things that make you cringe later. If you don’t know what those things are, thank goodness you’re here. Here are socially awkward things you need to stop doing on dates.

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The hug/handshake hybrid

Just make a decision before you get there: you’re either decidedly going in for the hug or decidedly going in for the handshake. But, for goodness sake, stop getting so close that it seems like you’re going in for the hug, and then abruptly sticking your hand out.





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