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Valentines month: The Do’s and Don’ts of a blind date

By Jesica Slabbert - Feb 9, 2018
Valentines month: The Do’s and Don’ts of a blind date

With Valentine’s Day coming up a lot of people are out and about looking for love so they can spend the day with someone. Thanks dating websites and apps such as Tinder, meeting people and going on dates with strangers have become a lot easier.

For those daring to take leap into the blind dating world, its best to not just jump in the deep end blind. To make sure your blind date doesn’t totally crash and burn, there are certain things you can do on your part to make it as fruitful as possible.

  1. Screen him

Before going on the date itself, you need to make sure this guy is legit. Screen him through the phone or with help from friends, you want to make sure you guys have at least something in common so that conversation topics won’t be so hard to come by.

  1. Throw away any expectations

The quickest way to ruin a blind date for you is to walk in expecting someone like Chris Pratt, only to be disappointed when it’s anyone but him. Even though you may hit it off with this person through chatting online or discovering a shared interest, don’t expect mister perfect. Don’t build up your date too much in your mind, but also make sure not to have low expectations either. Simply do away with expectations altogether and just roll with it.

  1. Wear clothes you love

Confidence is key for any date, so why shouldn’t you dress up a little for your blind date? Put on your favourite high heels and rock your favourite outfit as you make your way to your date location. And if you happen to get checked out along the way, all the better! Remember, dates are supposed to make you feel attractive, not just about being attracted.

  1. Pick a public place

Since it’s your first time meeting this guy, you should keep things casual and pick a public place to meet up. Also make sure that you know what each other looks like so you don’t go tapping on every random guy that walks by. Choose places like a local coffee shop or a busy park.

  1. Play it close to the chest

Make sure that you have a designated meeting place with this guy and that he’s not picking you up from your place directly. It’s always safer to have your own transportation when meeting someone new. Make sure not to reveal your personal details, but do it in a way that doesn’t make you seem mean and secretive.

  1. Keep an open mind

Don’t be quick to judge your date the second you lay eyes on him. People can grow on you the longer you spend time with them and get to know them. Unless you’re a shut-in of course, take the time to enjoy some human contact and conversation.

  1. Keep complaints to zero

No one wants to hear people complain on the first date right? Try to stay positive and if it looks like he’s about to start complaining about something try to quickly change the subject.

  1. Control the alcohol

When going on a blind date you need to keep a clear head and limit alcohol consumption to two drinks max. You don’t want to get the guys hopes up because a few too many cocktails affect your state of mind.

  1. Ditch the insecurity

Don’t get hung up or dragged down by any lingering insecurities. Leave the bad vibes at home, and if you think the guy might not be interested try not to focus on that and focus on other things. See what makes him laugh and crack a joke or two, find what makes him smile. And if you’re worried about him being too hot for you just remember that hotties don’t tend to go on blind dates.

  1. Discover more

You can’t go into a blind date and expect not to learn anything about the guy! Find out what he does for a living, what special skills he has, and see if he can help you with the settings on your while you’re at it!