Things men should never do while on a date
An author has come up with a list of top dating tips to guide men on what they should never say or do to women
Take it easy on the drinks
We all feel the need for a bit of Dutch courage, but there's a fine line between a couple of sharpeners, and getting so hammered you don't even remember your own name, let alone your date's.
We're all feeling the pinch, so it's not really fair to expect your date to foot the bill. These days, it's more polite to offer to pay your share, rather than making an excuse to leave the table the minute your date makes that funny 'signing the air' gesture.
First of all, a man should never ask a woman if he can kiss her, as she will only say, a man should never "ask" for a kiss.
Asking her for a kiss will only make a man look like a boy, which is what a woman is not interested in, and even if she says "yes", it could mean she is just being polite, while on the inside her attraction meter will read a firm, "No".
While some people really dig the idea of a threesome, bringing a mate, or even your mum, on your date will mark you out as a strange saddo who can't even go to the loo on your own.
A spirited, healthy debate about world issues is no bad thing on a first date; an insult-slinging, punch-throwing argument is not.
The whole point of a date is to give your partner your undivided attention and, hopefully, get theirs in return. It is not to text your mates, find out the footie results, speak to your long-lost Aunt Margaret or even set up another date with someone else. Being glued to your phone all night is Just. Plain. Rude.
Be a leader
A man should never ask a woman if he can take her out on a date sometime, as she would like to be with a man who is a leader and in control, not someone who asks her permission to hit on her.
A man should confidently ask a woman out, by simply saying, "We should hang out... what's your number?" or tell her about a specific place he wants to take her to.
No showing off
A man should never brag about the car he has or the kind of house he lives in, as it would seem like he is trying hard to impress her.
Women would be far more impressed by a man's material possessions if he does not mention them in conversation.
No message? Don't worry
A man should never ask a woman why she never answered his message, as one, it would show that he cared she did not reply back, and two, it would give her a guilt trip, which is seen as insecurity by women.
Skeletons in the closet? Let them be
A man should never ask a woman how men she has slept with, as this shows that he is suffering from insecurity.
A man should never end a phone conversation with a woman with a "next step", Firstly it would kill any spontaneity by being predictable, and secondly he would kill any chances of her calling him.