16 Questions to Avoid on a First Date

Krystal Smith

The first date is a pivotal moment in any budding relationship. It’s a time when two people can get to know each other better and hasten the emergence of a deeper connection. Yet, there are specific questions people should be careful about asking at that inaugural meeting if they ask them at all. Here’s a detailed exploration of the questions you should never ask on a first date.

Financial Questions

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Your income, the amount of debt you carry, or anything else about your financial status could be a better subject on a first date. Money is very personal, and discussing finances may be too early. Instead, why not use this first date to learn your date and what they are into? What are their hobbies and interests, or what type of person are they?

Relationship History

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Asking someone about their ex-partners or dating history can be awkward. Still, it’s not an acceptable/unacceptable line of questioning. Don’t ask many questions about somebody’s ex; it is just uncomfortable or appreciated. Let the conversation flow naturally, and focus on having fun in the moment rather than dwelling on the past.

Family Issues

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It is usually inappropriate to discuss family issues on a first date. Family issues are more personal and emotional and are more suitable for the second or third date. On the first date, low-risk, light-hearted conversation is recommended until you feel more comfortable around each other.

Politics and Religion

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During a first dating experience, keeping politics and religion to yourself is essential. We have all heard some bad first date stories about the topic of discussing politics and religion. Avoid politics and religion at all costs. They are either some of the most divisive subjects to discuss if you’re already deep in your relationship, or they can be relationship killers even if you’re first getting to know each other.

Health Concerns

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Being careful about asking questions about health conditions, medications, or medical problems is one way to show respect for another person. Asking someone these personal questions can make the person feel fundamentally questioned, embarrassed, or put on the spot. The person may not want to discuss their health on a first date, so wait for this question.

Marriage and Kids

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Asking about someone’s future goals with marriage, kids, and anything related to family could be early in the conversation and stressful. These are some vast topics and require serious thought and mutual agreement; possibly even waiting until the later stage of dating is best.

Private Life Realities

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Inquires of a sexual nature and personal inclinations should never have to transpire on a first date. This line of questioning is none of your business at this point, and it can be off-putting and even objectifying to some people. Try building an emotional connection and a strong rapport before asking sensitive questions.

Bad or Judgemental Questions

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Avoid asking questions that could be bad or judgemental in nature. This will include questions about past mistakes or anything embarrassing or shameful in their past. Anything that you could ask could be done in a judgemental tone. Do foster a positive atmosphere and create an environment of open communication and understanding.

Personal Boundaries

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Last but not least, be aware of personal boundaries and be respectful of your date’s boundaries, physical or non-physical. Look for verbal or nonverbal signs indicating your date is uncomfortable with the subject and back away from the subject. Remember, if your date is looking out, changing the subject, moving restlessly, and appears to have tense muscles, they may be uncomfortable with the conversation’s subject or topic. It’s essential to be in sync with your date’s expectations and not tramp all over their boundaries.

Intense Career Questions

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You are entitled to know if you are of the same career-wise, but make sure you don’t turn the date into a job-interrogation. Try not to ask too many questions about your date’s profession; this will be too concerning, and your date may become defensive; relax. This is a date, not a job. Find out what they love about their career, the excitement they derive, what (if they are not) they want to do, and what motivates them.

Personal Traumas

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Don’t delve into personal trauma or your suitcases of emotional baggage: Butt is quick to stress the importance of being open and vulnerable in relationships. But there’s a time and place for sharing personal information, your deepest traumas, and emotional wounds. The first date is a different time. Avoid asking questions or sharing extremely personal information on a first date about past traumas, painful family experiences, or unresolved emotional issues. 

Appearance Concerns

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Asking intrusive questions about appearance, weight, or physical attributes can be insensitive and uncalled for. Calling dudes out on their height, making comments about weight, or how “zoomed” their photos were might seem like an excellent way to cover all bases for a bad pun, but all you’re doing is making people everywhere feel self-conscious. 

Negative Experiences

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Never bring up negative experiences, especially not as a defense during disputes, ladies. When a woman brings up a negative experience, she shows some form of irritation or pent-up anger and is not trying to resolve the problem; she is just fighting. A woman has to learn how to verbally resolve conflicts instead of holding them in, growing in bitterness, and layering negativity onto a decent-doing man for no reason.

Comparisons to Ex or Ideal Partners

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Making comparisons between your date and your ex-partners or idealized notions of partners can be incredibly insensitive and hurtful, so consider the way you phrase specific comments and questions. Statements or inquiries implying that the person you are with is being weighed against past relationships or unrealistic ideals are a huge no-no. Instead, appreciate your date for who they are – an individual – rather than weighing them against others.

Mental Health or Therapy History

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Approach conversations about mental health, therapy, or psychological concerns with caution and courtesy on a first date. It is essential to discuss your experiences honestly and openly, yet it might be overwhelming for your partner if you share too much of your mental health history too soon. Allow the relationship to progress naturally and divulge personal information when both feel comfortable.

Personal Insecurities or Self-Doubts

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First-date rules suggest avoiding engaging in conversation about deep-set insecurities or self-doubts. Openness and genuineness provide for optimal emotional intimacy attainment. Still, being excessively negative or self-depreciative will create an uncomfortable ambiance and disallow focus on the overall date fulfillment. Begin the date by changing gears to highlight your assets, strengths, superpowers, accomplishments, and positive qualities.

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