Updated: March 2, 2021
Having an okay Tinder date is easy. All you need to do is smile a lot, be polite to the waiter and avoid walking nose-first into a lamppost, and nobody will be able to say your date wasn’t, to some degree, a success. Don’t you deserve brilliant Tinder dates; evenings of such a romantic caliber that Jane Austin herself would be balling her fists in envy? Of course you do! Here’s how it’s done.
1. Taking it offline
So, you’ve been talking to someone on the app for a while now, and finally, you raise the question of meeting up in a non-pixelated environment. Try to arrange your date for the immediate future. Anticipation will peak immediately after arranging the date, and the further off the agreed day, the trickier it is to keep this giddiness feeling fresh.
2. Choosing a location
The location of your first meeting really depends on you and your date; if they’re a Buddhist vegan pacifist, chances are they won’t enjoy ringside seats at the UFC. Similarly, a stroll through an autumnal park can be very romantic – everybody looks more attractive with the glow of flushed cheeks – however people use dating apps for different reasons.
3. Drinking during your Tinder date
Has there ever been a sword as double-edged as alcohol? It helps people relax, yet it also makes them slur their words, ramble about exes, and sing their deepest secrets without a care in the world. We all know we ought to pace ourselves and opt for a small glass of red rather than a tray of tequila slammers, however, nerves can get the better of even a veteran dater.
4. Picking a place to eat
Personally, I would never eat on a Tinder date, because whenever I get within two feet of a glass of wine or steaming gravy boat I seem to develop the same gravitational pull as a black hole. If you do decide on a food-orientated date, what on earth should you eat?
5. Keeping the conversation flowing
If you’re fretting over what to talk about during your first date, take a look at the ‘36 Questions to Fall in Love’, as reported by the New York Times. You needn’t memorize all of them, but keeping one or two logged away mentally can help keep your conversations spicy.
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