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**1. Never, under any circumstances, upload pictures of your genitals. Ever.** Do you think people just ignore your other, non-genital, features and just look at your penis? Wrong. If you ever uploaded that photo, I guarantee that there will be at least one person at the bar who walks by your table every time you put your drink in your mouth, recognizing that penis from a thousand other man-penises and thinking, _Surely that’s a ball sac or a bruise_. The worst thing you can do to yourself in the dating world is to show someone your penis. Trust me: It will not end well for you. Now, I’m going to go ahead and trust you. Do you have a penis? I’m going to look forward to seeing your full-frontal photo next time we’re together and will continue to be your friend even if it’s of a different sex. (Funny story: It wasn’t always my intention to write this book. I was dating someone, and since the night we met at a bar was memorable, I had a fun idea of what to do for our second date: show up at his house, bring a bottle of wine, lay the table, and give him a little welcome, get-to-know-you sex. Naturally, you can guess how that went. We ended up going on a couple of dates and splitting the date cost. He didn’t call again, though. The lesson: Sex is a bad idea if you’re not dating a woman whose vagina is a hybrid of Bambi and a poodle.) **2. Always, always, always listen to your date.** This is the most important thing you can do in any situation, really. My biggest pet peeve is when someone is talking and I don’t know what they are talking about; it drives me crazy. You can either have a conversation where you ask questions and don’t always want a direct answer, or you can read other people’s minds and have a conversation. Choose wisely: the ability to read minds is important. Listen to your date and ask them questions. Let them talk. Turn off your phone and keep an eye on the time. Ask them what they’re doing, where they’re going, how it’s going, what they’re thinking. Listen to what they’re saying, and then make a decision on what you’re going to do. This is where an astute sense
Dating etiquette is something that everyone who’s ever been on a first date can relate to. It’s also something that’s easy to overthink, even if you think you’re following every cultural norm and the unwritten rules of being a “good girl” (or guy). The dating rules and etiquette you’ll learn below won’t apply to your grandma’s first date, but they’ll definitely help you keep a classy, professional posture with your internet date. So, put your worries to rest and turn off the Netflix, because now it’s time to hit the town. Get to know each other Before you’re even sitting down with that pizza and sparking up some conversation, a good idea of who you’re going on a date with will help you avoid last-minute disaster. The first thing you need to do is ask yourself a few questions. Do you both have mutual friends? Do you know whether or not you’ll enjoy both of their personalities? Are you both friends with each other’s families? Do you like the same music, films, food, sports? Because your answers to these questions will show which commonalities you have with that person, and your answers will set the stage for the rest of your date. And they should be the basis of your first interaction. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Don’t text them and expect them to message you, or expect them to walk on your second date if you’re not going to text them after. In fact, don’t set expectations at all. When you speak, be aware that you are filtering the person you are speaking to through your personality. So if you know that they like spaghetti with meat sauce and you don’t, don’t tell them that you’re not a fan of it. That’s rude. The person you are speaking to might find it delightful or they might find it incredibly annoying. Just be sure to respect their right to an opinion. First dates usually aren’t the best time to meet friends of the other party, or even their families, unless you both agree. That’s why it’s OK to communicate how you feel about your other person’s family over the phone or through text. Just know that you’re not going to get any information if the first date has an awkward silence on it. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below When you meet, remember that you’re meeting as equals. You are both visitors to this exclusive party, and both of you are getting the