First Date Etiquette In Your 30s Versus Your 20s

By

First Date Etiquette In Your 30s Versus Your 20s

First dates always elicit a bit anxiety, excitement and anticipation but I have noticed that my approach to the scenario is different at 30 than it was in my early 20’s.  Back then, I was ultimately looking for a boyfriend, someone to bring to the upcoming social function or to fill up my weekends with. Still looking for a relationship, I now recognize that my next boyfriend could be my weekend partner for life. The stakes are higher and so my attitude and behavior towards the first date has also changed. Here are three first date rules for dating in your 30’s:


• Stay Sober – Yes, the first date is supposed to be a fun night out but it is also the first and sometimes only chance to make a good impression. And while you may garner yourself hilarious dancing on the bar in a state of euphoric intoxication, your date most likely will not be impressed. Online daters often find themselves on first dates with complete strangers so stay safe while keeping your guard up and your alcohol consumption down.

 


• Pay Attention – Sure, Mr. Charming is fun, witty and complimentary but before you consider him a front runner for your affection, make sure you listen for red flags. I made this colossal mistake with Mr. Activity Dater (detailed further in my blog) whom I deemed a fun loving, charismatic “gentleman” after our ice cream and mini golf dates. He said all the right things to me, however frequently referred to his exes as psychos or other derogatory names. I should have known that a major character flaw was grinning back at me on our very first date. Instead, I ignored the signs and was ultimately treated in the same most un-gentleman like manner.


• Bow Out Gracefully – Many times we leave first dates knowing that a second will never happen. Years ago, admittedly, I may have feigned interest in the moment and then ignored Mr. Unsuspecting follow up call or signs of interest. Now, as an adult, I answer honestly the “would you like to go out again?” question at the conclusion of the date and have found a response of sheer appreciation and sometimes even friendship. After all, we are all looking for the same things – love, affection and respect along the way.

 

 

Article contributed by
Advanced Member

Jodi The Hopefull Romantic

Author

The Hopefull Romantic

www.thehopefullromantic.com

Location: -----, NJ
Credentials: MA
Other Articles/News by Jodi The Hopefull Romantic:

Body Confidence: Why Every Woman Should Be 'All About That Bass'

By

No recent tune has our feet tapping, our smiles widening and our confidence soaring like Meghan Trainer's hit, "All About That Bass." The lyrics resonate will anyone who has eaten in shame or hid under the pretense that in order to be sexy, you must resemble a stick. Meghan is responding to a culture that teaches woman that it is better to appear ... Read more

Throw Out Your Biological Clock And Do This Instead

By

I confidently pegged the future me as a cool 28 year old bride, skipping down the aisle in naïve bliss. A mother by 30, easy peasy. At 29, I was single and childless. At 32, the ticking clock escalated to an outright blare. Tick, find someone now. Tick, you're not getting younger. Tick. Tick. Tick. My clock accompanies me on dates, eager to meet ... Read more

Don't Take Your Selfie Too Seriously

By

The attack of the selfie is everywhere.  Social Media, family sitcoms and commercials have jumped on the self-indulgent bandwagon — heck there is even a hit song out there that features  the following lyrical prose: “I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes Do you think I should take it down? Let me take another ... Read more

See More

 
PARTNER POSTS