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While every encounter is different, there are a handful of standard dos and don'ts that are good to keep in mind when you decide to take the plunge into the dating scene. We tried to cover as many bases as we could with these, but keep in mind that for the most part, you're out there on your own. Don't get discouraged though, with a little help and forethought, there's absolutely nothing to worry about. 

Here are the “do's” of dating:

-       Always be on time for a date. Some people believe in the “fashionably late” tactic, but in the end it just makes it difficult for your date to trust you again. If you force them to wait awkwardly by themselves, it's already game over. 

-       Dates are for fun! You may be serious about finding your special friend, but you don't have to be serious about everything. Loosen up and find ways of enjoying every moment.

-       Compliment your date at every opportunity. Chances are, they put a lot of time and effort into their “date look”, so make sure to let them know you appreciate the extra work they put in just for you.

-       Pay attention! Every little thing your date says is a detail about their life. If you manage to remember and recall everything they tell you later on, you might just end up impressing them.

-       Be honest. This is especially important if you weren't completely satisfied with the date and are not interested in another. If you lie to someone and lead him or her to believe you're interested, then you could just end up hurting him or her instead. 

-       Date someone you feel an attraction to. This may be difficult to do if it's a blind date, but if you find yourself reaching for reasons to date someone when you aren't very happy with the way they look, then it's something that will be on the back of your mind on every date you try to go on. Again, honesty is the best policy. 

-       Keep your chin up if dates don't go very well. When it comes to the dating world, those kinds of encounters are just water under the bridge. It may seem like the end of the world, but the best dates are yet to come. 

-       Plan the date out beforehand.  A candlelit dinner is great for conversation and mood. It's a bit trickier to get someone to like you under the fluorescent lighting of a fast food joint. 

-       Get out there and look around. You can't just set a trap and wait for a date to walk by. Be proactive and search everywhere. 

-       Surround yourself with positive influences. Friends that are in the dating scene are idea for this. They can sympathize with all of your woes, and even the victories, too.

 

There are some things you need to remember not to do as well, so keep these things in mind when you're out there with a potential mate – and then don't do them!

-       Keep calls and messages to a minimum the next day after a date. You don't want to come off as needy, especially if the date beforehand was otherwise wonderful. 

-       Try to stay away from those personality types that you know clash with your own. If you know for a fact that the person you're on a date with is exactly what you don't need for a relationship, probably best to find a polite way to end the night. 

-       Again, be on time! It's very important to be there for your date when they are expecting you. This is someone who is putting their trust in you not to let them down, so don't do it. 

-       Ignore the impulse to lie about yourself. You may have embellished the truth slightly before you've met, but during the actual encounter you might want to stick to an honest policy. Some of those lies might end up bubbling up again later on. 

-       Once in a blue moon, become unavailable for a date. If it looks like you have a full life, you're much more interesting than someone who sits around waiting for dates to come and entertain them. 

-       Try not to reveal everything about yourself on the very first night. If you can maintain a little bit of mystery, you'll come off as much more interesting. Plus, it'll leave more to talk about for later dates. 

-       Don't let your eyes stray to other people while you're in a public place. You may not think your date caught you checking someone out, but you'd be surprised what someone can notice. 

-       Don't drink too much! Alcohol is a great way to break the ice and keep conversation flowing smooth and natural, but if you become belligerent, your date will just want to go home. 

-       Keep your clothes on the first night. Not only is it classy, but also it's much sexier to know your date is willing to wait for date number two or later before getting it on. It shows commitment to the task!

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