Men avoid women who ask too many questions, are clingy, who don't respect their friends or private time, and those who are high maintenance.
A first date is an exciting concept for both men and women. It is a time when expectations build up, and bring along excitement, thrill, and nervousness. It is also really hard to predict how the first meeting would go, and even if it went well, would a second date happen OR this fairy tale might come true and you might end up finding your significant other. Stop! Let's put all these beautiful thoughts aside, especially women, and first let's uncover some of the biggest first date disasters that should be avoided at all costs. Mind you, avoiding these quirks doesn't guarantee a smooth first or second date, but at least at the end of the day, you can be proud of yourself for doing the best you could and being presentable enough.
Women, Don't do this on a First Date
Let me put it in simple English - it is a deal-breaker. Poor hygiene is not just a big NO for men, but also for women. Ensure that you have a fresh breath and also look great before you meet each other. Also, make sure that all your nails are trim and carry a decent color. This helps if you are wearing open-toe shoes. Body odor is another important aspect that can't be ignored. Take a bath and do apply a perfume or deodorant, before stepping out. It has been observed that most men who aren't happy after their dates, complain about body odor and bad breath.
Again a big turn-off, don't talk about past affairs or how good or bad your recent ex-boyfriend or spouse was. Of course, the topic of past relationships is bound to come up, but it is better to keep it short and brief, and better still, for a later date. Otherwise, he would be searching for the emergency exit. Have a casual tone while discussing your ex. Any aggressiveness in tone or behavior indicates strong feelings for the ex, and is enough to hurt your date's fragile ego.
Crib about Men
This is for those women who think, it is only the fairer sex that faces all of life's hardships, and hold men responsible for every wrong that has happened to them. This also refers to women who criticize men for everything, and also influence other women to act against them. Most men appreciate gender equality, but pointing out 100 different reasons that show why women are better than men is certainly a big turn-off, and is just going to scare him away.
Be too Nice
No one was born a saint, and it is too obvious when someone tries too hard to show their good side. Be true to yourself and him, as it isn't healthy to be someone you're not, in the long run. This also doesn't mean that you have to reveal your inner-demons and rattle about your shortcomings all at once. If you are not comfortable with something, then let him know. Be respectful while saying so, and choose appropriate words while talking to your date. In a nutshell, be honest and don't pretend to be someone you're actually not.
Avoid the Bill
Tradition and the 'Dating Rule Book' says men should pay on the first date. However, this theory is not favored by today's men. Of course, he doesn't expect you to pay, but he does expect some politeness and a suggestion of splitting the bill. Remember, it is just the first date, you aren't married yet. So don't expect him to pay the entire bill, be kind enough to chip in some cash, or at least offer to do so. No man is going to ask you to share or pay the bill, but they certainly want you to show that you care.
Drink too Much
Social drinking is an acceptable norm. So, if the guy offers you a drink on your first date, order your mix. However, drink within your limits, for a lady never misbehaves on her first date, or shouldn't in fact. Remember this, a lady in control of herself is more likely to make a lasting impression on the man, than the one who will have to be carried home!
Plan your Future
It is no secret that women love planning their future. However, discussing your desire of having a perfect home, partner and kids, is certainly too overwhelming for a man on a first date. Contrary to what people assume, not all men are commitment-phobic. They just don't want their lives decided by someone else, and hence, women who are too anxious or worried about their future come across as a big turn-off. Take it slow on the first meeting, let him know that you are looking for a relationship, but wait for at least 5 to 6 weeks before sharing your future vision with him.
Remember that this is a date and not an interview. Take it slow and easy, and try to enjoy each and every minute you spend together. Even if you've already started liking him, take one step at a time. Don't ask too many questions, and stay away from private affairs, as it is a first date. Also, don't rate him according to every answer he gives. This can be highly irritable, and can lower the chances of a second meeting.
A few other things to remember are - don't put on too much makeup, indulge in clear communication, avoid behaving extra dainty, and single-word responses are a big turn-off, but that also does not mean that you chatter away to glory.
Remember, overdoing anything is the most visible sign of desperation. Also, avoid discussing your academic and professional achievements; he needs to know and understand you as a person, and not how hard you've tried to be successful at work. Try to relax and take it easy, after all, it is only the first date, and hopefully there are many more to come.