The high heels in which you can’t do more than wobble uncertainly? The top that makes your cleavage look great but will have you tugging it up or down all evening? After all, the you that you present is the one you want this new person to like, right?
Start small with a drink or coffee date, and leave a little room if you want to follow it with a walk, another drink, a meal, etc. And if it’s not what you want to hear, just remember that you can’t win them all, and you’ve likely inflicted the same disappointment on a date in the past. Is this a foolproof plan for avoiding first-date awkwardness? Dating is awkward because people are awkward and this is an unavoidable fact.
Split the tab because you’re both adults and there’s no good reason you shouldn’t share both the perks and burdens of this little social experiment. Honesty is the Best Policy End of the date etiquette is tough, but being dishonest does you both a disservice. But does it have to be soul-crushingly embarrassing, fraught with disappointment, dashed expectations, and uncomfortable underwear?
You should be thrilled when the one you don’t like doesn’t like you either because it means fewer uncomfortable texts sent and received.
Situations B and C can be tricky, no doubt about it, but they are not the end of the world.
If you don’t want to see him again, for the love of online daters everywhere, don’t say you’d like to see him again!