Five Ways to Act After the First Date

Dating can sometimes be really awkward, especially after the first date. Analyzing how to act means analyzing how you feel. Deciding whether or not you want to go out again and, from there, communicating this to the other person can be a challenge. Though interactions sometimes can be uncomfortable, a little etiquette can help you navigate the days following a first date smoothly.

Remember that it’s only one date


Most people have this tendency to judge the other person quickly after a first date. It is always better to have some perspective while deciding your feelings. It’s just one date. Whether you had a great time, or felt so-so about it, this is just one meeting and you cannot make any extensive decisions yet. If you feel that there was very little spark, do not think it as not worth pursuing unless there were very obvious red flags. If you had a decent time, consider giving the person a second chance. Moreover, also remember it was only one date, if it went well. Know that the other person may not have felt the same way. You are not in a relationship yet, so try taking things one day at a time before jumping to conclusions.

Try not to overanalyze things


Yes, examining your feelings about the person after a date is important, but overanalyzing situations can do more harm than good. It is always better to not obsess over the meaning of every hug, hand touch, or any other gesture. Sure, small things can sometimes signify a character trait, they can also be meaningless. For instance, if your date checked their phone during the date, you might wonder if this indicates that the person is inconsiderate. If this happened only once throughout the entire date, then it might also be possible that the person have been checking the time or waiting on an important call.

Decide if you want a second date with the person


Many a times, it happens that you know for sure you want a second date, but it’s more confusing. Know that if you don’t want to go on a second date, then there is no pressure to go. But it is worth giving a second chance to someone if you had a decent time. In case you felt really very uncomfortable during the date, then you may want to move on to someone else.

Look out for any potential red flags

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Most of the times, red flags show up early. If the person you went on date with engaged in inappropriate or rude behaviors on more than one occasion, this might be a clear sign that the person is not worth pursuing. Always trust your instinct. Do not keep seeing someone if they have a bad vibe.

Think about the level of attraction


If you felt zero attraction to the person you went on date with, a second date may not be worth it. Though, you may not be wildly attracted to the person right away. In case you felt the person looked decent, it may be worth a second date, even if you weren’t swept off your feet, to see if attraction develops.