Ask a Girl: What’s The Worst Thing You Can Do on a First Date?

Advice on how to behave properly for once.

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Our friends over at StyleList want to help you out. So, instead of just assuming you know everything a woman desires, why don’t you listen to the editors at the premiere fashion site on the Web and make sure you are doing the right thing when it comes to the opposite sex. This week: the do’s and don’ts of a first date.

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Every first date comes with a few jitters, for guys and girls alike. Will there be enough to talk about? Am I talking too much? Wait, did I really just talk about my “US Weekly” subscription/compulsive juicing habit/love of cats for twenty minutes?

Yikes. We’ve made a few slip-ups here and there in the dating arena, so most ladies are understanding of the occasional first date mishap. But guys, listen up: If you want to impress us, there’s nothing worse than going out on a date, only to witness a suitor make one of the following tragic mistakes that will turn a girl off faster than calling her “dude.”

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the optimal time to get a little refresher on basic dating etiquette. So if you have a romantic first date looming on the horizon, here are seven things you’ll want to avoid to up your chances for round two.

Talk About Your Ex
We’re not dummies – we know she exists. But does that mean we want to hear about her? Uh … that’s a big fat NO. Even if you’re trash-talking, no girl wants to hear about the other woman who was in your life.

“Forget” Your Wallet
We can only hope a man would never do something as irresponsible as leave his credit cards at home, but this also plays into the unattractiveness of a man not even offering to split the bill. We’re not saying the guy needs to pick up the whole check, but having a girl pick up the tab on a first date is a sure-fire way to say, “I’m cheap, I’m not that into you, and I don’t know how to treat a lady.”

Check Your Cell Phone
We love a good group chat, too, but it’s pretty unsexy to have a guy not give you his full attention. It’s a first date, which means first impressions are made. Take the time to put your iPhone or work Blackberry down for an hour or two and make a girl feel special with your utmost attention. When she goes to the bathroom to re-apply her lip gloss, you can take a sneak peek at the stock market, SnapChat your bros, or whatever it is that is so important.

Be Too “Touchy-feely”
As much as we want to know you’re feeling a connection and are attracted to us, we’re not running a petting zoo over here. Being too aggressive with your hands can not only make a girl uncomfortable, but also you could cause her to get real defensive, real fast.

Watch the Game on Bar TVs
If we’re nice enough to let you take us to a sports bar for a first date, do us a courtesy and don’t watch the game the entire time. Even if your team is one slap-shot away from the Stanley Cup, it’ll be completely obvious that you only brought us to the bar to watch the game. Instead, you may find yourself one slap-shot away from not getting a second date.

Drink Too Much
Was it a rough day on the trading floor? Are you intimidated by our good looks and charm? Whatever the reason is, when you’re 8 drinks deep and slurring your words, you become a loose cannon. As much as you might think we don’t realize how wasted you are, we totally do.

Have Bad Breath
As Kevin McAllister once said about his brother Buzz’s girlfriend, “Woof!” Just, “Woof.” Forget it! Game over. Bad breath is not only a sign of laziness, but poor hygiene. You can kiss that post-date smooch sayonara, sucker.