First date advice: the 10 missteps that could cost you a second date
After carefully analyzing the results of the survey, we've determined the top five first date faux pas for Canadian singles – along with five things you didn't know were stopping you from scoring a second date! It's first date advice from the minds of those actually doing the dating.
Five of the biggest first-date deal-breakers
1. Suggesting a ‘fancy’ first date idea
Forget the latest ritzy restaurant. 84% of Canadians surveyed think that the ideal first date is a casual one. That means you’re best off finding a top spot for a get-know-you coffee instead going all out. Stuck for ideas? Try our guide to perfect coffee date.
2. Lying about being a smoker
First date tip: lies are bad and untruths soon rumbled. Still, some lies are more taboo than others and, for Canadians, the absolute worst is lying about smoking habits. 70% see it as a no-no, making it worse than lying about weight (49%), age (48%) or height (18%).
3. Wearing your favourite 'wacky' t-shirt
Your bros might giggle at your ‘Game Over’ t-shirt (the one with the stick figures getting married) but, if you want a second date, you’ll leave it at home. So-called ‘funny’ t-shirts are considered the worst thing to wear on a date, putting off 63% of Canadians.
4. Getting too frisky too early
For many single Canadian women, first dates mean that sex is off the menu. Indeed, 51% of women think that sex is a taboo subject for a date (vs just 17% of men). It's the same story with proposing post-date sex – a no-no for 44% of women and just 6% of men.
5. Being too good of a listener
Typical first date advice says that listening quietly can be attractive.2 However, the survey showed that being too attentive could in fact leave you dateless: 76% of Canadians would rather date someone who talks too much instead of someone who just listens.