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"Etiquette," according to the dictionary means, "conventional requirements
as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class
or community or for any occasion."
Etiquette is simply good manners that are befitting to any given situation.
For example; eating with your fingers would not be acceptable at a formal
dinner party but it would be acceptable at a back yard barbeque. It is the
same action but under different circumstances.
There are, however, certain things that would be considered poor etiquette
in any situation whether it was a formal dinner party, a back yard barbeque
or a date.
Being on time is good etiquette for any dating situation. If you have said
that you will be at a certain place at a certain time, be there. Keeping
a date waiting isn't mysterious, it is just plain rude. This applies if the
date is in the real brick and mortar world and taking place at a restaurant
or if it is an online date to chat at a specific time. A date is a date.
It is a time and place agreed to by both parties. It is simply good etiquette
to be on time.
Come with a pleasant attitude and with the intention of having fun. A date
is not a lifetime commitment and it is rude to bring along a lot of personal
problems. Your dating partner want's to have fun and you should come with
the same attitude.
Give your date your full and undivided attention. Do not check out every
other eligible person of the opposite sex while you are on a date. If a man
ogles the waitresses back side as she walks away from the table it makes
his date feel uncomfortable and if a woman, drools over the lead singer of
the band, it makes her date feel inadequate. It is not only poor etiquette,
but just plain poor manners.
If you drink at all, keep it to the barest minimum. There is nothing that
is more embarrassing than being in the company of a sloppy and out-of-control
Be courteous to all wait staff. Being courteous to those who serve you is
a mark of class. You should never talk 'down' to a person who is serving
you or make loud and uncomplimentary comments about the service that you
receive. If you are dissatisfied with the service, let the tip you leave
(or don't leave) speak for you.
Avoid topics of conversation that will make your date uncomfortable. You
may have strong opinions on controversial topics like religion or politics
but a date is neither the time nor the place to express those opinions.
Dress appropriately for the occasion. If it is a casual event that you are
attending, don't dress to the nines. If it is a more formal event, don't
show up in jeans and a t-shirt. Yes, dressing correctly for the occasion
is a part of good etiquette.
Do not discuss the paying of the bill. At one time the rule was that the
man paid but that is no longer the case. The host or the hostess pays the
bill. Don't insist on paying your part. If he invited her, he pays. If she
invited him, she pays. Problem solved.