Everyone here can agree that dating is equally thrilling as it is overwhelming. Every so often you get lucky and meet that someone special that makes time slip away and the whole charade worthwhile. The stars finally align for you; the conversations are endless, the ambiance is informal and full of laughter, and the chemistry is palpable. This is the kind of date that makes one wish the night would never come to an end. But like all good things,come to an end it must..
However, on the other end, most of the time you’re not as lucky, and you question the entire concept of dating. The kind of dates where you struggle to find common ground, for neither of you can hold a conversation. The one where you regret getting ready and leaving the apartment in the first place.
The nightmare of a bad date is universal and every other person around you has undoubtedly been on at least one bad date that still sends shivers down their spines. After all, in the current times, dating can be a daunting and exhausting prospect. But that being said, if you think it’s all pointless, don’t worry ‘cuz we got you! Here are some tried and true ways to get out of a bad first date in a classy manner..
Be Polite When Saying Goodbye
You may not have had the time of your life with someone on a date, but there’s no need to disregard their feelings when it’s time to end the date. A more appropriate way of bidding farewell, without offending the other person, would be to appreciate them for meeting you and then letting them know that you’ll be heading out.
However, if the date was a terrible one where the other person cracked disrespectful jokes and was uncourteous, you can consider dropping the politeness. Also, in case you’re not feeling it and if they persist on a second date, the best way to respond is by letting them know that you’ll get back to them in a while.
Regardless of whether your date was mediocre or a complete disaster, you shouldn’t feel obliged to tell them you had a good time.
Unless You Absolutely Need to, Don’t Lie
You must have come across this classic get-out-of-jail-free card in the movies and TV shows—someone runs off to the washroom in the middle of the date only to make their friend call them on their cell phone informing them about a fake emergency to get them out of the sticky situation. Though that may seem like a simpler route to take when your date isn’t going well, it sure isn’t the first thing you should resort to. Instead, being honest and letting the other person know that you aren’t feeling the connection will be a much better route to take in our opinion.
Especially if it’s the first date and both of you barely know each other, you won’t be hurting their feelings if you’re honest with how you feel. It’s worse if you give them signs that you’re interested even though you’re not.
Wrapping it Up
Okay, let’s be a little realistic. Telling a small lie to get off the hook could sometimes be necessary, but even if you do lie, it’s better to be polite about it. Although you’d want to get out of the situation badly, always keep in mind how you would feel if you were at the receiving end.