When you’re planning out a first date, do you have a getaway plan if it goes south ? According to a new survey, 81% of Americans think dinner dates are the toughest to run away from, especially if it’s not going well.
The poll of 2-thousand actively dating U.S. adults finds that more than half (56%) commonly go to dinner and a movie as a first date, while half prefer casual drinks, followed by coffee (43%), or having a picnic or going to a market (43%).
The survey reveals:
- Ideally, a first date should last a little less than three hours (2.72) on average.
- It takes respondents around four dates to feel comfortable with that person.
- Close to a third (31%) say the most awkward part of a first date is the nerves.
- To help get rid of those first date jitters, people like to sip their favorite drink (57%), wear their favorite outfit or accessories (54%) and choose a familiar location (44%).
- Having a drink in hand can help people feel relaxed, but moderation is key as 46% of those polled feel drinking too much on a first date is a turn-off.
- Signs a first date went well include a call or text right after the date (63%), a goodnight kiss (56%) and keeping the date going longer (51%).
- Red flags a date didn’t go so well include being ghosted afterward (65%), making an excuse to cut the date short (65%) and awkward moments of silence (48%).
- First date offenses that can make it go badly include the person not looking like their photo (58%), inappropriate comments (57%), showing up late (54%) and spending too much time on their phone (28%).