Dating someone you know can be romantic, but have you ever been on a date with someone you never met before? That is known as a blind date.
A blind date is an arrangement made for you to spend a romantic evening with someone you have never met before.
How do blind dates go?
Imagine you are outside a café, waiting for a blind date. There is a beautiful flower in a vase on the table inside with people chatting over food, you see the waiter moving plates, the cracks in the flooring, the squeak of doors.
What do you think is likely to happen when your date arrives? Will they even arrive or not? Will it really go well? These are some obvious conditions that would be running in your mind.
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You just need to know the do’s and don’ts so you can be successful when someone sets you up on a blind date. Set Your Expectations to Neutral though it is hard not to have expectations, you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment if you’re expecting the woman of your dreams or prince charming.
When you expect too much and get disappointed early in the meeting, you are already setting the tone for the rest of the date. The best way to go about it is to just think of it like you’re meeting a friend.
How to choose the perfect date?
Choose the person who sets you up wisely. If you are asking someone to set you up, make sure that the person knows you well and, perhaps more importantly, knows what you want in a partner.
Your close friends might have the same social circles as you so don’t be afraid to ask people you don’t know as well, such as friends of friends, to set you up. You will need to communicate with your date beforehand. Ask the person to at least chat on the phone for a few minutes. Ask your date a few basic questions, such as where they are from or what they like to do on the weekends. That way, when you talk to the person on your date, you’ll have one small conversation to reference.
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Keep it short. If you like your date, you can always see them again. A bad date that’s too long is worse than a good date that is too short!
Pick a public place. Restaurants, bars, parks, movie theaters, and mini-golf venues are all good examples. Let a friend know what time you are leaving and when you’ll be back.
Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. Don’t feel the need to try out a new outfit. Wear something that you know you like and what you know looks good. Dress appropriately for the activity you are doing on your date. Remember good hygiene.
Make eye contact with your date. Smile. Practice good posture. Nod at what the other person is saying. Be polite and courteous. Try to find common interests between you and your date. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself; you can’t have a perfect date every time!
Pros and Cons of Blind Date
Moving on to the pros and cons of a blind date. The following are the pros: It is a chance to date someone you may not otherwise give the time of day. You have zero expectations. At the very least, you get an awesome story. Sometimes having a bad story to laugh at makes all the other dates better.
The cons are: You don’t know what you’re getting into. You are really starting at the beginning and at this point, it would at least be nice to know a little bit about their background. What do you even talk about? Do you have anything in common? There may be a little awkwardness to get over.
Find your blind date
You have to weigh the pros and cons. Is the risk of having a bad blind date worth the possible reward of a good blind date? It’s really up to you to answer that question. To lessen the overall risk of things turning out badly, make sure to do this: when a friend wants to set you up, have a few questions for them first. Try to get to know more about this blind date before you commit. After all, you are open for adventure, but you are definitely more pro than con in the dating world.