Let's start with the decisions that Tinder won't make for you: the restaurant, outfit, and greeting (Hug? We hear you, eligible singles; but dating doesn't have to be so hard.
In fact, first dates can even lead to getting frisky, if that's what you're into, of course.
The aforementioned ex-talk was also roundly panned as a terrible call.
Women in all age groups were more judgmental of dates who got wasted, though men weren't big fans either.
Our results reveal the keys you need to make any first date a smashing success (just promise you won't use that pun when you're with them).
As a whole, men expressed more experience and enthusiasm related to first date sex than did our female respondents.
Do they not remember that scene from the "Princess Diaries"?
While psychologists suggest pet names are actually a good indicator of mutual affection and bonding within a relationship, we can't blame women for being weirded out by their use on date one, particularly when they entail sexist undertones.Touch can be a powerful driver of intimacy when both consensual and appreciated.But it's hard to imagine a spontaneous first date foot rub will accomplish that happy outcome - though more than a third of men disagreed.More genteel forms of touching were better received: a peck on the cheek, handholding, and even full-on kissing were generally considered sweet.As far as getting handsy, light touching and lower back contact were more widely acceptable than knee-touching.If you're hoping for instant intimacy, though, you'll be interested in learning which turn-ons swayed those who did have first date sex to make the leap so soon.While both men and women rated sheer attraction as leading factors in their decision, women said a respectful approach was most important to them.Playing "footsie" got much lower reviews among women than with men, so play it safe and keep those clodhoppers to yourself, guys.When it comes to earning another outing, an interesting pattern emerges in all demographic groups: Stopping short of intercourse may leave your partner wanting more.Baby boomer women, for instance, were the only group particularly peeved by a date arriving late, and Gen X men didn't appreciate talk of financial matters.Our results showed a universal discontent about a different topical danger zone: Just don't talk about your ex, people!