11 dating don’ts you should stop doing now
Dating don't: Forgetting important details
It may sound obvious, but if you're going on a first date (especially if it's a blind date), be sure to get his first name before getting together. "I went on an entire date with a law student I met in college and didn't remember his name. Needless to say, we didn't go out again," said Sabrina, 32.
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Dating don't: Pretending to like something you hate
So, you really like a guy and he suggests you go to a sports bar and share a plate of wings, but you're more of a museum and wine bar kind of girl? We say: Go and try it, be a good sport, but if you don't like it, don't pretend to be into it. Otherwise you'll be swallowing a lot of resentment along with those wings as the relationship progresses.
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Dating don't: Not eating on a date
Now, if you really do love wings and burgers, don't pass on them because you're shy. Guys don't really care what we eat, and if yours does, well, do you really want to be with someone who is going to make you feel bad about a burger?
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Dating don't: Looking at your phone
He's in the middle of a (somewhat boring) story about baseball, and you just want to take a quick peek and see if anything good was Instagrammed in the past 10 minutes. We get it. But wait until he's in the bathroom. While you may not care about the playoffs, it's rude to make it so obvious. Plus, his story might reveal something bigger about himself and how he relates to his friends, so listen up.
Dating don't: Repeating date spots
Never take a new guy to a restaurant you frequented with your ex, especially for special occasions. "Not only will you be uncomfortable, but the staff will be uncomfortable," Erica, 29, told us, "Plus, it's even more awkward with your ex sitting three tables over." Yep, it can happen.
Dating don't: Pushing to meet his family & friends
Meeting a guy's parents and siblings can tell you a lot about who he is, but this shouldn't happen until about three to six months in. If you start asking after two weeks, it comes across as a little needy, and that's not a good look.
Dating don't: Checking in constantly
You've gained girlfriend status, and you're hanging out three or four nights a week—amazing! But now your girlfriends want to hang out, and before you confirm, you call him to check in. Don't do this. Make plans with your friends and tell him all about it when the "what are you up to this weekend" conversation naturally comes up. Letting him know you've got a life of your own is hot and will keep him on his toes.
Dating don't: Dragging him to family events too soon
While it's fun to introduce a new boyfriend to your family, you don't have to take him to every event, especially at first. Start with a casual get-together, and then work up to Thanksgiving. He does not need to leave work early to come pick you up for your cousin's baby shower! If you're bored, just think about how he's going to feel.
Dating don't: Avoiding the tough topics
When you're first getting to know a guy (you know, when you get all glowy just thinking about him), you don't always get into the serious stuff in conversations. But don't avoid talking about what's important to both of you for too long. If you have some major differences, it's better to find out sooner rather than later.
Dating don't: Flirting with his friends
We get it. The guy you are into probably hangs out with a crew of guys who are also hot, funny, and smart. And flirting is super fun! But if you flirt with his friends, it tells him you're not interested in him.