First date roundup: Our favorite articles about dating someone new

Go ahead, have the most exciting, most awkward time of your life

Dating is just the worst, and somehow it also has the potential to be the absolute best. There’s nothing quite like a first date to stir up a combination of excitement, dread, and a healthy dose of nausea. We’ve put together all our favorite articles about first dates to help make it a little easier.

1. How to follow up after a great first date

Waiting for them to text you is old news. Here are five alternative ways to follow up after having a good time on a first date.

2. 7 first date red flags you shouldn’t ignore

While we aren’t about dating rules here, we do think there are some things that, if they happen on a first date, are red flags. Be careful out there.

3. How to end a date early

Sometimes you do your best to banter, you ask questions, and you even pretend listen while they tell you about their job that makes no sense, and you just have _no choice _ to escape (see red flags above). Allow us to help.

4. How to start dating again after a bad breakup

Putting yourself out there again after a rough breakup can be really hard. And it doesn’t need to be rushed. Nor do you have to do it at all. But if you want to, here are some tips for getting started.

5. Deep questions that aren’t too deep to ask on a second date

Let’s say you’ve made it past the big hurdle of the first date. Now what are you supposed to talk about? You’ve already covered siblings, job, hobbies, and living situation. Don’t worry, here are some conversation starters to help you avoid the second date funk.

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