Even though it can seem that nobody goes on actual dates any more, there are still some guys out there that do want to spend time getting to know you before heading to the sheets.
Shocking, I know. LOL
Sadly, especially with the advent of the smart phone apps, most of us don’t even bother following a few basic first date guidelines. Sometimes we’ve spent so much time chatting online to each other, it’s like you’ve already had your first or second date, just without even meeting.
Bust is this a matter of getting too familiar too soon?
The whole point of a first date is to get to know someone new and see if there’s any connection between you. It’s not to unload your entire life story, or to complain about your ex, prattle on about your newest gadget, or to extol the virtues of your new workout routine.
It’s all about see what you have in common and if there are any sparks between you.
Some of the below may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many guys forget about them.
Do something mutually fun and affordable
All too often guys will go along with their date’s ideas even if it’s something they don’t enjoy or maybe even can’t afford. There’s no rule that says one of you needs to take charge and decide what you’ll do on your date, or that one of you should be submissive when it comes to making a decision. It is, after all, your date too so you do have a say.
And let’s be honest – unless you’re a sugar daddy looking to snatch up some young money-grubbing twink, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing something on the cheap.. but perhaps not so cheap that you’re eating dry ramen sitting in a park. LOL
Overall, a date should be fun and interesting. And the most important part is spending time to get to know each other. So if you both have an interest in the arts, why not tour a local art gallery (some of which may even be free..). Or if you’re both foodies, why not sample the wares at some weekend market.
A first date doesn’t have to be some big lavish production. Just go enjoy yourselves and each other’s company.
Casual is the best way to go
As clichéd as it may seem, too many gay men out there will spend hours picking out just the right outfit, or even go shopping for something new because they think that will impress their date.
But when you get right to it, is there really any point? He’s going on a date with you, not your designer duds.
Now that’s not to say you should rock up in your paint-splattered (unfashionably) torn jeans and a dirty sweatshirt. You still do need to look presentable when meeting someone new, but it’s also equally important to be comfortable in what you’re wearing.
Don’t go on a date wearing a button-up shirt and chinos when you’re really a jeans and t-shirt sort of guy. Be yourself and dress accordingly.
Pick somewhere quiet and easy to get to.. for both of you
When you live in a big city, it can occasionally difficult to find a place that is mutually beneficial location-wise to both parties. And all too often, guys will purposely try to choose a place to meet that’s closer to them than the other person. But is that really fair?
On top of that, the whole point of a first date is to be able to talk to each other. But if you’ve chosen to go to the movies on your date, you can’t exactly talk during the film (please don’t.. it’s annoying hahaha).
Instead pick somewhere that’s realistically reachable for both of you and isn’t too crowded or noisy. For instance, if it’s a nice day then why not grab a couple of ice creams or gelato and go for a walk in the park.
And yes, the old stand by of meeting for a coffee is always a great option.
It’s a date, not a competition
As fun as meeting for a round of mini-golf or enjoying a few games of bowling might seem for a first date, it’s actually not that great an idea. In fact, it’s leaving you (or your date) open to be humiliated.
Because let’s be honest – nobody likes to lose, and if you’re competing during a date, there’s always going to a loser. And that may put a damper on the possibilities of a second date.
And yes, gay men do like to be competitive, even if they’re not into sports of any kind. In the end it’s not about the game but about the results that will affect the outcome of the date.
To bar or not to bar
It’s all too easy to suggest meeting for a few drinks on your first date. And sometimes that may be a great way for both of you to relax since you’ll both probably be nervous. But the last thing you want to do is to get drunk. Or for your date to think you’re a lush. Or that you live on the gay scene and are a party animal.
As well, absolutely do NOT go to your local gay bar or the hottest place around. You’ll be more likely to run into someone you know, and then will come the awkward questions about what you’re doing there.
Instead, why not go somewhere new that neither of you have been to. Or hit up some out of the way cocktail bar for a more cosy atmosphere. Or better yet, go for a nice quiet meal somewhere fun. Just make sure it’s somewhere you can hear each other speak without having to yell at each other.
Be engaging and listen
Who hasn’t been on a date and spent the entire time listening to the other person just talk about themselves without engaging you once? Unfortunately, this is a lot more prevalent than you’d think.
We all love to talk about ourselves (even if we don’t like to actually admit it..) and whatever hobbies or activities we’ve been up to, but how is that a conversation? It isn’t, so why not hush yourself and engage your date in an actual conversation. Ask the other person what their interests are.. and then actually listen to what they have to say.
The more you engage and converse back and forth, the better the overall date will be. It’ll be memorable for the right reasons, and not for being an ugly, self-centered car-wreck.
Date + Friends = Recipe for a non-date
It’s way too easy to just invite your potential date to join you and your friends to hang out. It may seem like it’s a ingenious way to get to know your new beau while getting some friendly feedback at the same time.
Wrong. Oh so wrong.
Just think how uncomfortable that would be for the guy, to be forced to hang out and engage with people he doesn’t know, when all he wants is to get to know you. And by doing this, you’re essentially sending him the message that you’re really not interested in him romantically, but more as a ‘pal’.
Save the meeting of your friends for somewhere down the line if it turns into something.
Time limit or no time limit?
There are loads of people who think you should set a time limit to how long a first date should last, generally no more than three hours. But is this realistic or setting too much of a limitation on how much you allow yourself to enjoy the other guy’s company?
Obviously, this is something that needs to be decided on an individual, date-by-date basis, as not all dates will be same. Perhaps you’ll be getting along like gang-busters and want to spend the night together.
Or perhaps you just don’t gel that well, so it’ll only last a short while.
Some say if you spend too much time together on the first date, then you’re not giving them an opportunity to want to learn more about you.
But then again, if the spark is there right away, then that first date may turn into the second or third without either of you even trying, perhaps leading to something more.
And ultimately, isn’t that the end goal?
This post has been inspired by — 10 Gay First Date Tips That Should Be Obvious! – Gay Pop Buzz