Calm Your First Date Fears

First dates create more questions than answers. Will he/she like me? What will we talk about? Did I pick the right restaurant? Is there something in my teeth?

We break down the most common worries. Just take a deep breath.

What Will We Talk About?

Worried about long awkward silences and stilted conversations? Plan an activity date rather than a conversation-heavy dinner. There are plenty of great things to try, no matter your interest or fitness level: rock climbing, wine-tasting, hiking, gallery-hopping, cheesemaking, whatever. If you hit a lull in the conversation, you can always talk about what you're seeing or doing. And you'll probably have fun, even with a dull date.

What If It Gets Awkard?

You or your date slips into blathering about the recent ex territory. Or someone brings up income, goes on a political tirade, or makes a really uncomfortable confession. A date that's suddenly turned south can seem like an emergency, but really there are few conversational pitfalls that can't be reversed with a quick laugh. If it's you who's made the faux-pas, laugh it off with a "can you believe I just said that?" and turn the conversation elsewhere.

What If We Just Don't Click?

You can't fake chemistry, but you can find ways to nurture what little spark may be there. Try mirroring your date's body language. When we're attracted to someone, we tend to posture and pose in the same way they do (every notice attached-at-the-hip couples walking in step?). Keep your body turned towards your date's, lean forward when they do, and subtly reflect their actions.

We Had Fun - But Now What?

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there a little. One of you is going to have to call the other, after all, and that can't happen if you're both playing hard to get, waiting the arbitrary three days to call, and pretending you're too cool to fall in love. It might as well be you. Pick up the phone, send a sweet email and set up another date.

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