To say dating has changed a lot over the years would be a pretty huge understatement. People don’t court, they don’t go to sock hops, they don’t write phone numbers down on napkins, they don’t actually call each other, and more and more they do not actually meet in person for the first time.
That being said, while the rituals have changed, human nature most definitely has not. If you want to start a relationship with somebody, you’re going to have to go on some kind of date at some point, whether it’s for a milkshake at the local diner or sushi and a glass of wine. And, despite a few minor changes as to what is and is not considered socially acceptable sexual behavior (i.e., it’s okay to have sex now), the same basic rules apply for dating.
Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier. First dates, especially, can still be nerve racking. And for that reason, today we have a few tips for the modern man to follow. Some of them you will probably find quite obvious, which is good. However, a little refresher course never hurts, and when it comes to first impressions you can never be too prepared. So take a look at the list, and if you have any pointers of your own—or bones to pick with the advice given here—by all means, do share them in the comments section.