34. DO be aware of time.
"When you're on a date, one of the ways to know it's going well--if you guys are connecting--is, as the date's wrapping up, if you're thinking Where did the time go? versus Oh my God, I'm so glad this is over," says Bloom.
35. DO read into the first kiss.
It may seem like dating 101, but a kiss at the end of the evening really does shed light on how he feels. "This may sound hard to believe, but a whopping 74 percent of guys [polled in WTF Are Men Thinking?] would not kiss their date at the end if they were not attracted to her," says Almaraz. "If you're on the date and you like the guy, lean in for that kiss. If he's into you, you'll know quickly."
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36. DO play it straight.
"Honesty, with yourself and the person you're dating, is always the best policy," says Alexander. "I don't just mean telling the truth about what you do, or that you're not really that great a skier, but also honesty about what you want. Any man worth your time will appreciate a woman who has reasonable expectations for him--and him for you. Also be honest about what you want from life. Conforming to what you think he wants isn't a great recipe for anybody."
37. DO accept that a date is not a relationship.
Remember that most dates are nights out with strangers--even if you've gone on three of them. "It's OK to be excited, but take some time to get to know the person in front of you before you plan your future together in your head," says Della Casa.
38. DON'T be a friend with benefits if you want a relationship.
"If you want to date someone, do not pretend you are OK just having sex," says Cohen. "If you've started and want to know if someone wants to be with you or just your vagina, stop offering the benefit until you can get a commitment."
39. DON'T expect anything if you sleep with him.
"If you want to sleep with him, go ahead--just be safe!--but understand that most men have a remarkable ability to separate sex and emotion," says Della Casa. "If he's not calling you his girlfriend, taking you to dinner, or otherwise courting you beforehand, don't expect a roll in the sack to change that."
40. DON'T overanalyze or investigate if the guy doesn't call you again.
"You two didn't click. So what? Move on and don't take it personally. Don't cloud yourself up with negative thoughts--it'll just drive you nuts, and you know it."
--Maryjane Fahey and Caryn Beth Rosenthal, authors of Dumped
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