With popular dating apps in Singapore like Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel, it’s becoming very easy to get a date. But in those apps, you won’t get to know the person physically. So, you arrange to meet and then comes the all-important, yet nerve-wracking ‘first date’. Here then are some things you should do to leave a good impression with your date.
Of course, the preparation before the date is essential. Wear clothes you’re comfortable with and you know look good on you so that you won’t have unnecessary concerns. For instance, don’t do a hairstyle just because its trendy. You’ll face a huge problem if it doesn’t look good on you. Considering it’s the first date, there should be no problem dressing casually and being yourself.
Pick a comfortable place
When planning for a date, try to pick a place that provides a comfortable atmosphere, both for you and your date. Go take a stroll at the Henderson Waves, or maybe even listen to some music at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Make sure it’s a place where she can also feel safe.
Don’t be late
Being on time is already a given, not just in dating. When you get there early, you’ll be able to prepare yourself and shake off any feelings of nervousness. Plus, it’s not very ideal to get someone waiting, they might eventually think that they’re wasting their time expecting you.
Be honest with yourself and don’t try to pretend just so your date will like you. If you’re faking things, it will most likely come out unnatural, hence you’re only playing yourself. Likewise, if you’re having a lot of fun, don’t hesitate to say it. Your date will appreciate it since you’re being truthful enjoying their company.
Manners maketh man
When its pouring, hold an umbrella up for her, open doors for her, maybe even pick her up from her place if you can. Doing small acts of chivalry will definitely impress your date, even if you’d think its corny and old school. To put it simply, be a gentleman.
Avoid using your phone
Using your phone is a big no-no when having a date. If the girl is talking and you’re on your phone, it only shows that you don’t pay attention to her. Not only does it show that you’re uninterested, it also gives her the impression that you won’t take things seriously. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should ignore a call from your mother or boss. Simply remember to be courteous.
End the date properly
At the end of the date, make sure to say you’ve had a good time. But, pointing back to being honest, you don’t necessarily have to say this. If you didn’t really get to click with your date, don’t immediately say it negatively. Instead, be polite and still thank her for meeting you.