First dates are always nerve-wrecking, especially if they’re with someone you haven’t met in real life before. No matter how many you experience, you’d be lying if you said there wasn’t a slightly anxious feeling alongside your excitement when you step out to see a potential love interest – and even more so if it’s someone you already like.
So, what can you do to ensure that it all goes as smoothly as possible? Well, for starters, a new survey has revealed that there is one particular thing you should never do during that crucial first meeting.
According to research conducted by online furniture retailer Furniture Choice, the most off-putting thing you could do when wining and dining your date is to chew with your mouth open.
Many of us tend to keep things casual on the first date by going for drinks or a fun activity, instead of facing the daunting prospect of sitting through a full dinner. However, if you do choose to go for a dinner date, Brits agree that you should keep your mouth closed whenever there is anything in it if you’d like a second date.
Furniture Choice’s study surveyed 2,002 people in the UK to find out their biggest turn-offs on a first date and 69 per cent of participants agreed that talking with a mouth full was number one. It was closely followed by eating with your mouth open, which scored 66 per cent and texting at the table, which was voted for by 58 per cent of the participants.
As reported by Marie Claire, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice Rebecca Snowden said: ‘When on a first date, it’s important to make a good first impression but also to be yourself.
‘It’s evident from our research that daters are attracted to and are therefore more likely to see people again if they engage with them and don’t let their phones take their attention during the date.’
She continued: ‘While dining etiquette has evolved over time and has become a little more relaxed, particularly in more casual settings, daters should be mindful they’re carrying good table manners as to not put off any potential suitors from dining with them again.’