When the check arrives for drinks, coffee, or dinner, the man should announce, "This one's on me," and reach for it. This is generous, sexy, and avoids an awkward moment: Both parties staring at the bill wondering what to do. It's not presumptuous for a man to pay for a first date if he initiated it. But not all women are comfortable with this, and may insist on paying half. If she does, by all means, let her. While some men feel it's not a date unless they pay for everything, they don't want to appear inflexible or disagreeable.
Discussing Politics, Exes, and Sex
There are a number of topics to avoid on a first date. As fun as it may be to talk about intimacy, it's not an appropriate subject. Some men think that by bringing it up too prematurely, they'll have a head start at rounding the bases, but in reality it has the opposite effect. Also, don't grill your date about their personal life (do you want children, how many, when do you want to get married, etc). It's understandable you may want to know it all before a planning second date, but you might inadvertently scare them off before it happens!
Bragging and Lying
We all want to look good to a first date, but sometimes people are so intent on showing their good side, that they end up boasting. You can talk about your job and you can talk about your clothes, but as soon as numbers and labels start flashing, you've overstepped your boundaries. The worst offense, however -- is lying. Statistics show that as many as 80 percent have lied about their age, job, and where they live to impress a first date. This may work for the first couple of dates, but all relationships must eventually accelerate beyond talk.
Too much of anything can be bad -- except for love. Both parties must resist trying too hard to be funny, whimsical, or flattering. This will only get you bonus points for being annoying and over the top. But playing it too cool, aloof, or critical is also a big turnoff. It's all about moderation, people. This includes drinking (alcohol) and the number of guests, too. Three is always a crowd (don't bring a friend), four (a double date) can work -- but two is optimal.