Blind dates aren’t everyone’s idea of a great time, but there are some people who are certainly more successful at them than others. This is because there are some people who understand that there are certain expectations and unspoken rules to follow in order to have a pleasant blind date, rather than the date from Hell. The following are ten of the top faux pas that people commit on blind dates, which all have the potential to lead to disaster.
The first impression that you make on a blind date is generally going to be the one that is remembered the strongest and the first thing that you need to do is show up. Showing up on time shows that the date is a priority to you and showing up late shows that the date is nothing more than an obligation that you have tried to avoid for as long as possible.
2-Forgetting Your Manners
It is always important to have good manners, but some occasions are more important than others in this regard. A first date, especially a blind date, is one of the times that good manners will be of paramount importance. Be gentlemanly or lady-like or you are unlikely to see how a second date would turn out.
3-Staying “Plugged In”
When you are on a blind date, don’t answer your cell phone, look at your pager, play with a laptop, or do anything else that is electronically distracting. This is rude on any date, unless there is a true emergency that you can’t wait to attend to.
4-Talking About Past Relationships
No one wants to go on a date and listen to someone moan and groan about their former relationship, nor do they want to hear about all the great times you shared with someone else. If you have nothing better to discuss than your ex, you probably shouldn’t be dating yet at all.
5-Going Home Together
A blind date is a first date and it is with someone who is really a stranger to you. Going home with him or her on this date is a huge faux pas. It will eliminate any respect that the person had for you and you will almost always regret it in the morning.
6-Talking About a Future Together
Getting too serious on a first date leaves the other person feeling uncomfortable, pressured, and typically ready to run the other way as fast as they can. There is no first date that goes well enough to even begin to think about a future together, let alone to voice these types of thoughts.
7-Under Dressing or Over Dressing
When going out on a blind date, it is a good idea to find out where you will be going and what you will be doing prior to the date. You don’t want to end up in workout gear for a date to the ballet or in a cocktail dress for a date at a hockey game.
No one enjoys spending time with someone who is drinking too much. If you do this, you might say or do things that you’ll regret later. You might also miss out on someone that you could have enjoyed some wonderful future dates with by embarrassing yourself and possibly your date, as well.
9-Talking About Yourself Too Much
1t isn’t very enjoyable to spend an entire evening listening to a person talk all about themselves, especially when the topics are all about how great they are. Of course, you want to learn something about each other on a blind date, but the conversation should go back and forth, with each person having a chance to share.
10-Being Too Touchy
Keeping your hands to yourself on a blind date is a good idea. No one wants to be groped and mauled for an evening, most especially by a stranger.
Blind dates can be nerve-wracking, anxiety-filled events, even in the best of circumstances. They can also lead to true love and relationships that would never have had a chance to begin without taking the chance on a blind date. Knowing the top faux pas will help you to avoid a disaster and give love the greatest opportunity to bloom if the seeds are there.