It may be rare, but sometimes total opposites do fall in love and make it.Be open to the fact that the night could take you anywhere.You need to be on your toes and up for anything, but you also need to keep your faculties in check, because this person — even if you’ve chatted with them for weeks through an online dating service — is still ultimately a stranger.It's a delicate balance of being open, and keeping your wits about you.You want to make sure you date knows that they have your full attention.If if your phone is out and you're not texting, you're conveying to them that something else is way more important. When you find yourself in the middle of a pregnant silence simply saying something like, "Wow. I'm sure there will be even more awkward silences to come," is actually the kindest thing to do. The first date is the place to bring up what you're expectations are for the future.If your date suggests something that doesn't sit right with you, don't do it.While they may think it's a great idea to do shots or skip out on the bill (yes, that was once suggested to me on a date), don't succumb to anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Think of it as a favor to their future first dates. If they do ask, be as honest as you're comfortable with, but be wary of talking smack.When people wait too long they immediately go into "OMG. Unless you're waiting for your best friend to give birth because you know she's in labor or there's some other dire emergency, put the phone away.All your friends know where you are, so if you don't get back ASAP to a text, they'll understand.When it comes to first date etiquette, it's usually all about trying to take your awesome self up a notch.Not because you have anything to prove, but because first dates are about putting your best self out there.