If you know that you're one of those people who has a hard time making eye contact, tell your date.
It's better for them to know it's difficult for you instead of them thinking you're just uninterested and rude.
When people wait too long they immediately go into "OMG. Unless you're waiting for your best friend to give birth because you know she's in labor or there's some other dire emergency, put the phone away.
All your friends know where you are, so if you don't get back ASAP to a text, they'll understand.
In our opinion, true first date etiquette is all about putting your needs first in a way that has consideration and respect for the person sitting across from you.
Although old-fashioned first date etiquette will tell you to spruce up, be polite, and cross your legs, there’s so much more than that archaic nonsense.
It's a delicate balance of being open, and keeping your wits about you.
While it's always a good idea to keep some things to yourself on a first date — especially in regards to your romantic past, but we'll get to that in a minute — when it comes to things that could possibly create problems while you're dating, you want to put that out there.
Encourage them to do the same, and you'll save each other a lot of time.
You want to make sure you date knows that they have your full attention.
If if your phone is out and you're not texting, you're conveying to them that something else is way more important. When you find yourself in the middle of a pregnant silence simply saying something like, "Wow. I'm sure there will be even more awkward silences to come," is actually the kindest thing to do. The first date is the place to bring up what you're expectations are for the future.