Tinder is revolutionising the way young people date today, and slowly but surely, everyone is coming around to it. People in relationships - you're missing out! However there's still a number of first-date Tinder faux pas that people continue to make. Don't do any of these things when you're on a first date!
9. Sex as a topic of conversation
Starting a conversation about sex with someone you've just met is not an okay thing to do. You'll come across as creepy and will only serve to make the girl especially uncomfortable.
8. Bad manners
Remember what your mother taught you - don't open your mouth while chewing, don't burp at the dinner table or use your index finger to pick rice out of your molars! Manners tell a lot about a person and give great insight into their personality. Be on your best behaviour.
7. Make SURE you've got the right girl!
Before you go on that Tinder date, make sure you know which girl it is you are asking out. Don't confuse the ugly one for their hot friend - this is often the case. Study each photo carefully before making your decision, and if you're still not sure - just ask! It'll save yourself an awkward moment when the wrong girl turns up. Yikes!
6. Being on your phone
There's nothing more mind-numbingly irritating than being out with someone, either a date or a friend, and they're constantly texting on their phone. You can't put it away for 20 minutes?!
5. Having one drink too many
Don't get drunk on the first date! Your filter will breakdown, so too will your defences and it'll usually lead to something that you didn't want to happen. You'll say something you didn't want to say, behave in a way that you wouldn't usually and do something (someone) that you wouldn't normally do. Have a drink by all means, but don't go over your limit.
4. Meeting for dinner
Dinner is a big commitment for a first date with a stranger. You can't predict how it will go, so if you wan't a get-out clause in case it's incredibly awkward and like trying to draw blood from a stone, start with something casual like a drink or coffee.
3. Splitting the bill
Don't be an amateur. When the time comes to split the bill for coffee/lunch/dinner, give the guy a chance to drop the money. It's nice for the girl to offer to pay her way but if she doesn't it's totally fine. Guys, if you have to pay the bill don't make a big deal about it. The less you say about it the better you will be viewed through her eyes. You'll get props for being a gentleman.
2. Getting too handsy too early
Guys can be like Louis Walsh after a few drinks - lots of hands. Don't go too much too fast. Usually the first date is never a time for intense snogging or touching up, but if you must, at least keep it classy. Think: More Baywatch, less Crimewatch.
1. Making TOO much eye contact
This is a key element of all first dates. You have to make the appropriate amount of eye contact - too much and she'll get creeped out, but too little and she'll think that you're disinterested in her. It's a fine line but try and keep it somewhere in the middle. 5 seconds is a natural amount of time apparently, any more before breaking it could seem a bit intense.