Awkward First Date Moments and Tricks to Deal with It

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Published on: September 3, 2015

First dates are daunting enough even without all the silences and awkward moments. If you have a good connection, you’re unlikely to experience these issues. Still, there’s always the worry that any of the following awkward moments might creep in the middle of your date. Well, worry not. Since there are some tricks that you could use to make the following awkward moments, well, less awkward.


  1. Awkward Silence. This is actually completely normal on first dates, but awkward silence is still awkward. You could’ve just met, or this is just your first time being alone together so you fear that you might end up saying something wrong and scare the guy off.


Deal with It: A good and simple way to break the dead air is to avoid over-analysing everything, and just act like how friends would normally do. Chances are he’s also pretty nervous and feels the same way you do that’s why there’s silence coming from his end too.


  1. Over-Sharing. Not saying much can be a problem, but so is saying too much. Before you could even stop yourself, you simply blurt anything that comes to your mind – and sometimes even without thinking first.


Deal with It: It’s totally fine that you end up over-sharing things, just learn to bounce back from it. Use everything that you have to stop yourself from going into all the needless details of your hamsters or your psychotic ex, since these are topics that you should save for your fourth or fifth date.

  1. Set-Up Situation. Your mutual friend thinks that you’d look so good together, so she set you up on a date. You also thought that it would be fun but when you got there, everything is just awkward and you just don’t know what to say.

Deal with It: Don’t think about the whole set-up idea so much. It’s just as simple as that. Just enjoy yourself with his company by talking about your hobbies, mutual interests or the friend who set you up. Surely, there must be a reason why your friend thinks you would make a good match, and you might even end up thanking her for this set-up date.


  1. Asking-About-Past-Relationship Moment. This is probably the most cringe-worthy awkward moment – and of course, you’ll be forced to give a completely 50/50 answer. If you say things ended badly, he might think that there’s something wrong with you. If you say everything’s good, he’ll think that you’re lying and would perform some research behind your back.


Deal with It: We know that this situation is awkward as hell, but just be honest with how your past relationship ended without giving the unnecessary details. Remember, he doesn’t need to know that you and your ex had a fight on the 5th of April at exactly 8:43 PM. More importantly, don’t go bragging about how amazing your ex is, since it’ll make him think that you’re still hung up on him.

Feeling any awkwardness in the first date is just normal. But despite that awkwardness, learn to enjoy yourself and have fun with your date’s company. Trust us, he feels just the same way as you do. So just relax and enjoy your entire date.


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