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First Dates

The Datelob

Jamie Silverman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Divorce
Jamie Silverman

I wonder, if part of what's wrong with the dating world these days is our incessant need to put labels on everything. I'll admit that when I see a person on a dating site say that they're looking for "friendship," I roll my eyes a bit.

First Dates Can Be Awkward, Just Ask These Celebs

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen

Awkward first date got you down? You're not alone. While chatting with the United Kingdom's Capital FM, celebrities opened up about their first da...

2015: Would Hollywood Be Seduced by Marty?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

By his own account, Marty is "fat and ugly, fat and ugly." To complete the picture, he's a hesitant never-been-married gap-toothed 34-year-old Bronx butcher who still lives with his mother.

30 Days of Online Dating: White Lies, Red Flags

Stacie Corliss | Posted 02.06.2015 | Comedy
Stacie Corliss

I wake up exhausted from the prior day's double-header of dates and sigh grudgingly at the thought of doing it all over again. Dark circles under my eyes. Excessively large pores. Super excessive bloating from carbs and liquor.

17 One-Liners That Will Instantly Ruin A Date

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.15.2015 | Women

On a date, it only takes five words to reach the point of no return. That's the idea behind the trending hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinADate, where peopl...

Why We Blow You Off

Jamie Silverman | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jamie Silverman

At the top of a list of reasons why people blow dates off, is a simple lack of interest, physical or otherwise. But what about those dates where it seems like everything is perfectly aligned for another date and you never hear from them again?

When To Tell Your Date You're A Virgin

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Dating is never easy, and the pressure feels especially high when you're a 20-something virgin. But fear not, because HuffPost Live has a few tips for...

Confession: An Intruder Ruined My Date

Ravishly | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women

Needless to say, Ben had a different idea. He grabbed a golf club from a set sitting near his bed, stood and faced the intruder. "You need to leave now," Ben said in (what I thought was) a pretty scary voice.

I Accidentally Went on a Date With a Bigoted Homophobe

Ravishly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women

Sean had never been to Oakland -- that should have been a bright fucking red flag, but alas -- so I told him we should take a long industrial bike ride to a fancy cocktail bar near Emeryville. He arrived. My stomach sank. He was a full-on bro. But he brought me tulips. He was barely breaking even.

6 Fun Date Ideas Women And Men Will Both Love

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Jackie Dishner | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM The next time your marriage or long-term relationship lands in that predictable rut, as in, same restaurants, movie n...

I Never Thought My Marriage Would Look Like This

Natalie Thomas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I thought her statement was harsh. And that she needed anger management or couples counseling. I actually feared for her marriage -- and her husband. Fast-forward five years and I completely understand.

What I've Learned Not to Expect From Morning-After Texts

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

While the "I had a great time" message was a lovely gesture, if "Let's go out again" wasn't implied or directly stated, what was the point? Not responding to my response wouldn't leave me thinking you were a particularly good guy.

The One Question You Should Never Have to Ask While on a Date

Jeffrey Platts | Posted 03.09.2014 | Style
Jeffrey Platts

Guys (and ladies), next time you are romantically/sexually interested in someone, use eight simple and powerful words.

I Spy Rectal Disharmony

Katie Schwartz | Posted 02.20.2014 | Comedy
Katie Schwartz

While in a coffee shop, I was sitting across from a couple. Their coy, yet attentiveness to each other made me think it was a first date. They chitcha...

When Does A First Date Lead To A Second?

Posted 09.06.2013 | Divorce

Nothing is more nerve-wracking about dating after divorce than the dreaded first date. What will you wear? Will you and your date hit it off? How in t...

What NOT To Do On An OkCupid Date

Danielle Sinay | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy

As cool as it is to make ironic literature references, talk about Kafka or even how much Bukowski changed your opinions of feminism, if you don’t know what you’re saying, seriously stop.

Hollywood Fringe: First Dates, Fringe Mainstage

James Scarborough | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

A trio of vignettes about the vagaries of romance, specifically, getting your foot in the door via that initial encounter, "First Dates," staged at the Fringe Mainstage Theatre, reminds us that it doesn't matter how a couple meets, it's that they meet in the first place.

Dating After Divorce: What Not To Do on a First Date

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 08.20.2013 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

If you want to increase your changes of success on a first date, here are five things not to do. They might make the difference when it comes to making plans for date number two versus experiencing a first date flop.

WATCH: La Toya Jackson's First Date In More Than A Decade

OWN | Posted 05.08.2013 | OWN

First dates can be awkward. Blind dates, even more so. Now imagine having your first blind date be with La Toya Jackson -- in front of cameras. This i...

Boomer in the City

Barbara Rose Brooker | Posted 05.05.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Rose Brooker

We met on BoomerHottie Singles, a new site for dating. He didn't post a photograph nor give me his last name so I can't Google him. Oh well, without risk how do you find love after 60? Ageism is rampant in this country. A numbers game.

8 Ways To Make First Dates Less Stressful

Posted 02.20.2013 | Divorce

You did it! You went and lined up your first date after divorce and you have to admit, you're feeling pretty proud of yourself. But not long after...

8 Reasons Not To Stress Out About A First Date

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 01.21.2013 | Women

At HuffPost Women, we talk a lot about how to make life less stressful for ourselves and readers. Dating, as most humans who engage in it have no doub...

How to Squash a Budding Relationship in 48 Hours or Less

Kendra Cunningham | Posted 03.04.2013 | Comedy
Kendra Cunningham

First, have your own specific expectations that you keep top secret. This is integral. You must have a preconceived notion of how the next 48 hours should go.

5 Things Smart Single Men Look For In A Woman

Posted 03.09.2015 | OWN

By Jacob Tomsky Jacob Tomsky -- the smart, single (emotionally available) author of Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Call...

25 Reasonable Qualities I'm Looking For In Women: Confessions of a Professional Online Dater

Joshua Pompey | Posted 01.27.2013 | Women
Joshua Pompey

As a male who refuses to settle for just any nice girl, here are 25 reasonable and realistic things that I am looking for when first getting to know someone. Am I just crazy?