10 things not to do on a first date
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Whether you’ve been drawn in by stimulating Tinder conversations or just finally plucked up the courage to talk to that wildly attractive person that you’ve been stalking around the library for the past three months, the process of beginning to see someone can be fraught with unexpected dangers. To begin with, what should you suggest doing? Drinks and the cinema? Is that too much? No? Fine – but what if they’re unexpectedly teetotal, and hate all films? We wouldn’t recommend dating this person, if that is the case – but the question remains. What makes a great first date? Or, maybe more importantly - a very, very bad one? Luckily Ladbrokes Bingo asked a whole load of 18-24 year olds what they expect on that all important date number one, and we’ve used their results to put together this handy checklist of behaviours/places to avoid. Be warned. And if you find that your date is doing any of the below things – Bad Date Bingo. Hey, there’s fun to be had in every situation... DON’T bring flowers Yes, it might seem like a nice, romantic gesture at first. But think about it. Might it be a little bit too intense? On date one, 86% of 18-24 year olds are going to be totally thrown by floral tributes. Unless it’s Valentine’s Day or their birthday – but then, why are you going on a first date on either of these days? That’s a bit weird... in any case, save the flowers for later. DON’T suggest a date at your house – or theirs Neutral ground, people. Would you really want to spend an evening on someone else’s territory, without a failsafe escape route? No, thought not. DON’T go ice-skating at a tourist attraction We think this sounds ok (well, we would if we didn’t hate ice-skating quite as much as we do – bruises) but both ice-skating and visiting tourist attractions come close to bottom on the preferred list of first date venues, with just 4% picking either. Luckily the winter ice rinks at Somerset House, the Tower of London, Natural History Museum etc have probably all closed now the lighter evening are setting in, so you might not have to worry about making the wrong choice too much. Unless you find yourself in one of the restaurants below... DON’t go for Mexican No matter how much you love fajitas, there’s no escaping it – they’re not a sexy food. No one has ever felt the need for a second date after spending an hour sat opposite a person who has guacamole dripping off their chin... not that we’ve heard, anyway. Save that novelty Mexican with the sombreros and tequila for a date when you know each other well enough to look silly and find it endearing, rather than off-putting.
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