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When you start dating someone new, everything is exciting, different, and… hey, we all make mistakes in the name of love once in a while.
Since a study by Breakthrough for a Broken Heart author Paul Davis says that it only takes an average of six to eight dates for couples to become "exclusive," you might want to cover all your bases pretty early on, too.
It's completely up to you to decide what you can tolerate and what constitutes a deal breaker, but no matter what, you should be armed with the information you need to make an informed decision about your love life.
Getting back into the dating game can be tough, especially if you just got out of an LTR.
From the very beginning, you're stuck wondering if you should try to become one of the many online dating success stories, or meet someone "organically" like your parents and grandparents probably did.
If your person of interest says something like "They're a good person, just not for me," or, "This one cheated on me, but I'm actually still on decent terms with that one," then it's a good sign that they're mature and are emotionally ready to start dating again.
Some people like to shoot down restaurants as being a cliche first date, but I pretty much insist on going out to eat the first time I meet someone.
Reason number one is obviously because food, but reason number two is because I can pretty much always tell whether or not I'd be willing to go on a second date with someone based on how they treat the server.
You can learn a lot about someone based on how they treat people whose job it is to do whatever the customer wants, and even if your date treats you like a princess, it's important to remember that a person who is nice to you but isn't nice to the waiter is not a nice person.
BTW, your bartender has some pretty epic dating tips to share.
Just try not to bring this one up on the first date.