Dating etiquette after second date

No, I won’t teach you which fork is REALLY the mussels fork, how much to tip the coat check person, or how to address the ever difficult take-gum-out-of-your-mouth dilemma at a date without being rude. What was once a hazy, shrouded in candlelight night has come to an end. Sending a thank you text might give him the wrong idea and send false hope.

This is pretty basic, but you shouldn’t be flirting with guys other than the one you’re with. Every once in a while when you’re out on a date, you’re going to bump into friends. You’re probably very attached to your phone and carry it with you everywhere.It’s polite to say hi to them, but keep the interaction brief. Especially if it’s a Blackberry, you check it dozens of times a day.Avoid the temptation to spend more time and attention on them than on your date. And if it rings, you jump to attention, stop whatever you’re doing, and answer it immediately. Calls, messages and emails are all just proxies for face-to-face human interaction. On a date, you’ve got real human contact right in front of you — the intended result of all those calls and messages. You also know how powerful a cut-down can be, and how long last.When you pick up the phone and speak to a third party right in front of a guy you’re out with, you’re saying loud and clear: “This call is more important than your company.” No self-respecting man wants to feel second-best, so if you’re into him and answered the phone, you just ruined your chances big-time. If you’ve ever wondered what to talk about on a date, here’s an idea: give him a compliment. You can probably remember a compliment that someone gave you as a girl, years ago. A little bit of playful teasing is okay, but avoid the temptation of making any kind of put-down, cutting remark or sarcasm altogether.