How to Ace the First Date: Dating Tips for the New Year
There are about 54 million single people in the United States, and of that group, 41 million have tried online dating. If you’re one of those 41 million people, you know that personal information like height, hobbies, and lifestyle questions factor into creating your online profile.
Unfortunately, people who are honest enough to admit that they smoke traditional cigarettes often find that their habit can be an absolute dating deal breaker. Which leads us to this: If you want to expand your dating options in 2014, switch to blu eCigs® electronic cigarettes and free yourself from the smoking box.
Ok, so we’ve helped you make a better first impression, but what if you actually get to the point of setting up your first date? To help you get the girl—or guy—this year, we put together some of our top do’s and don’ts for dating in 2014.
Do I call or text?
Do text when confirming plans (Day, Time, Location).
Don’t text to cancel a date. It’s just plain rude. If you can’t make it, give him/her a call to explain.
Do I friend him/her on social media?
Do get to know your date without social media timelines and history hanging over your shoulders.
Don’t friend your dates too soon. Having access to his/ her social media profile(s) might tempt you to look through and analyze all messages and posts. Don’t be a creeper.
Where should I go on a first date?
Do have a plan. Make a reservation, know where to park, and decide where to meet.
Don’t be rude to the waiter/waitress. Your date will be watching how you interact with others, so make sure to be polite and leave an appropriate tip. If math is not your strong suit, try downloading a free tip-calculator app on your phone. It will also make it easier to split the bill if you go dutch.
What should I wear on a first date?
Do make a good first impression.
Not sure what to wear? There are some online personal styling services available that can help you find your unique style and will even mail you outfits you can try on at home.
- Ladies: Stitch Fix- An online personal styling service for women. For a styling fee of $20 they will put together a box with five items to match your style personality (and fit within your price range). Try the clothes on at home, keep what you like, and send the rest back in the pre-paid envelope. Their style blog is also helpful if you are looking for tips on current fashion trends. Get some fashion tips, or a new dress to make sure you impress on the first date.
- Gentlemen: Trunk Club. If you are into high-end brands like Ben Sherman or Jack Spade, then check out Trunk Club. You’ll get clothing recommendations from a personal stylist, free shipping both ways, no styling fee, and easy returns. Try the clothes on at home, send back what you don’t want. If you’re going to spend money on a new outfit for the first date, this one comes with a stylist’s seal of approval.
Don’t look like you just rolled out of bed. On a first date it’s important to show you care by showing up on time and looking put together. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit—just be yourself. And since blu™ electronic cigarettes only create a water vapor you won’t have to worry about smelling like an ash tray if you light up in the car on the way to meet your date. Remember, everyone gets nervous!
What should I order?
Do eat what you want. Be yourself and don’t feel shy ordering the steak. It will help your date get to know you, and can add to the conversation. If you happen to want a smoke after the meal, ask your date (assuming you already asked the restaurant) if he/she would mind if you had an e-cig. Since it doesn’t have the traditional smell or ash of tobacco cigarettes, you won’t get the evil stare from others around you.
Don’t drink too much. This should go without saying, but it’s hard to be yourself if you’re three sheets to the wind. Be responsible, and if you are drinking and don’t want to leave the bar (and your hot date) for a cigarette, the above suggestion about having an e-cig still applies.
What about the second date?
Do give people a second (or maybe even a third) chance. It takes time to get to know people, and with all the nerves sometimes first impressions aren’t always the best.
So now you know what to do and, more importantly, what not to do on a first date, go out there and get the girl—or guy—of your dreams this year. We’re rooting for you.
Got any more dating tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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