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My hope is that the reason you're diving back into the dating pool is because you've been happily single and independent for awhile, but you're thinking it's time for some necessary change. In fact, that's sort of the only scenario I'll accept. If you just experienced a bad breakup slow your roll, pump the breaks, cool your jets—you get the point. The ONLY way to successfully be in a relationship is to successfully be alone. Even just dating casually can be a crutch, but hey! Take it or leave it.
That being said, dating can be one helluva process that involves a lot of finesse and etiquette, especially if you're looking for a second date! Thankfully, the good people over at Dr. Ed decided to investigate matters deeply, uncovering what I like to call The Great Big 'Book' Of First Date Expectations. Naturally, nobody reads books anymore and much prefers infographics, but you know, use your imagination here, people.
"We asked over 1,000 Europeans and Americans these questions and more to find out what dating expectations look like in the U.S. and Europe, and how we can all be just a little smoother on our next first date. "
Where To Go?
"Where’s the best place to have a first date? Well, according to both European and American men and women, it’s a restaurant or coffee shop."
Second Date Deal-Breakers
"Eighty-four percent of women and 74 percent of men would say no to a second date if their date had poor hygiene. Seventy-four percent of women and 32 percent of men said a terrible sense of humour was a deal breaker. And 73 percent of women and 62 percent of men said they wouldn’t schedule another date if their date checked out other people."
Second Date Golden Tickets
"Survey says a sense of humour. This ranked No. 1 for most of our respondents. If you’ve got some jokes, you’ve probably got date No. 2 in the bag. But don’t worry if you’re not a jokester. Seventy-seven percent of women and 66 percent of men would want to go out again if the person across the table seemed genuinely interested in their point of view. And over 50 percent would go out on a second date with someone interested"
"According to our survey, men and women across both continents agreed exes, sexual preferences, and potty humour were the top three no-nos, followed by health, politics, and religion. That said, men tended to be slightly more flexible. Ninety-one percent of European women and 93 percent of American women said exes were unacceptable, but only 90 percent of European men and 85 percent of American men felt the same. Eighty-eight percent of women said sexual preferences were off the table, but only 72 percent of European men and 68 percent of American men agreed."
"Seventy-six percent of European and American men would sleep with someone on a first date. Women were a bit more reticent, but a large number were still game, with 42 percent of European women and 37 percent of American women willing to consider a romp after a good first date."
To read the full study, head HERE