8 First Date Tips for Someone You Met on a Dating App
Dating apps are a great tool for anyone who has trouble meeting people in person. Though, just like online dating, it is important to be very careful and keep an open mind. Here are some useful tips to follow for when you land your first date with someone you met on a dating app.
1. Do Your Research
Like I said, it’s important to be cautious. One way to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into is by doing research on your date. Find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or anywhere that strikes your interest. If their social media profiles are public, that gives you easy access to see if they are who they’ve said they are. You can also get a better idea on what they look like and what they do in their day-to-day life.
Another way to research is to google their name. Depending on the person, there a lot of things you can learn with a quick Google search.
2. Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Just because someone looks nerdy and serious in their profile picture doesn’t mean they’re boring. Just because someone is attractive and appears to be social doesn’t mean they’re friendly. You never know what kind of people you’ll meet on a dating app, so if someone reaches out to you and asks you out, agree to go (only if within reason) and see what they’re like.
3. Be Yourself
There is no simpler rule than to just be yourself. Your date will either like for you or they won’t. If they don’t, it’s their problem.
4. Discuss Interests
There’s no better way to start a conversation than talking about your interests and your date’s interests. This opens the opportunity of the two of you having something in common, which can lead to an even greater conversation.
5. Go Somewhere You Can Chat Freely
Avoid quiet places like the movie theater and go for somewhere fun and casual. Think a picnic in the park, a walk around town, a homestyle diner, or an arcade! There are tons of activities to do for a date that don’t require dark and quiet rooms that can lead to awkwardness and little conversation.
6. DO NOT Talk About Your Exes
There’s no need to throw your baggage on the table on a first date, unless asked by your date. Discussing exes can make things awkward and leave you feeling exposed if things don’t work out. Follow your date’s lead. If they bring it up and you’re okay talking about it, then fine. Otherwise, leave it under the rug for now.
7. Leave Some Things up in the Air
No need to tell all your business at once. Keep your date on their toes and have them wanting to know more.
8. Have Fun
Dates are supposed to be fun! So, make sure you let loose and enjoy the company of your date. If things don’t work out then it’ll be okay, and if it does, more power to you!