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Whether you’re on a first date or spending an evening with your spouse, there are a few things you should never do on a date. While the smaller details of the date can seem insignificant, impressions count for a lot in the love game. They count for nearly everything!

To make the best impression, make sure you never do these 7 things.

1. Dress Inappropriately

Dressing for a date is a two-way street – you’re both looking at how each other looks, wondering what that means about how you think of each other. If you overdress for the date, you can seem desperate; if you underdress, you can seem apathetic.

Make sure you know the level of dress that’s expected and appropriate for your date.

2. Show Up Late

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Timeliness isn’t just about convenience. Being on time tells your date how much you care about them, how much you’re thinking about your evening together. If you have a 6:00 date, plan to get there at 5:50.

3. Talk About Past Relationships

Even if you think it’s funny or relatable, talking about past relationships is not a great idea, especially on a first date. The absolute worst thing you can do is compare this date to one you’ve had before. No one wants to think about someone’s past lovers as they’re just getting to know them.

4. Check Your Phone

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Though we all have things going on outside of the date, frequently checking your phone sends a strong message that your head is elsewhere. If you have to check it occasionally, explain to your date the reason why, such as for work or a family situation.

5. Refuse to Pay

This one is tricky, especially for guys. If you’re too willing or insistent on paying, that can come off as insulting to someone who wants to pay independently. If you refuse to take the bill, you’ll come off as cheap.

The trick in 2021 is not whether or not you pay but how you go about deciding. Don’t act like it’s a big deal either way. If your date seems to expect you to pay, make it easy on yourself and do it!

6. Get Ahead of Yourself

You may be really into someone, but if you get ahead of yourself and come on too strong, you can mess up your chances. Be tactful about showing your interest but never insistent on proving it. There’s a fine line between confidence and creepiness.

7. Treat Anyone Unkindly

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You may not realize it at first, but how you treat other people matters on a date as well. Your date knows that you’re interested in them, in a sense that you “want” something from them, but they will observe how you treat others to get a glimpse of your true nature.

Tip service staff, hold doors open for others, and act positively around others. The respect you show others is the respect you will show your date in the future. And they know it.

The Takeaway

Whether you’re on a first date or rekindling your affection with a spouse, certain aspects of date etiquette are timeless. They all amount to one main idea: showing your significant other that you are interested in them in the here and now.

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