Dating has never been easy, but it only gets more difficult with age. Never mind the whole getting-to-now-you thing, the Internet has created a world where every foible, every flaw, every thing (literally and figuratively) is on display for the world to nitpick, including potential dating partners, to see.
“Surviving any worst-case scenario comes down to not panicking, having a plan and ultimately being prepared,” David Borgenicht, author of The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview. “And this applies to the realm of dating.”
That is why you need to be prepared for any dating scene so you don’t find yourself wondering whether leaving by the bathroom window is actually an option.
The following tips will help you avoid the potential pitfalls of dating.
* You’re running late. It happens — traffic, work runs over, mistiming on how long it takes to get ready — and all of a sudden you’ve kept your date waiting. In this case, take a few minutes to send a text message or a quick call and let them know you’ve run into a snag, but will be there as soon as possible. Better yet, giving them a timeframe. One caveat: try to keep it light. If you sound stressed about being late, they’ll be stressed about waiting.* You spill wine all over the table, on yourself, or on your date. At best, you and your date can laugh it off. And if you like one another, it’s an easy way to ask them out for a second one –to a dry cleaners, where you’ll foot the bill. At worst, if the sparks aren’t there, you have an easy out. * You’re a smokeless tobacco user. For smokeless tobacco users, the thought of taking a spit cup or bottle on a date is horrific, and of course, an absolute no-no. So, what to do? You might want to consider a portable spittoon made by FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in creating smokeless tobacco accessories.