Why You Should Always Give A Bad Date A Second Chance

Did your Tinder match look like fun in his hilarious college mascot photo but in real life he’s got you snoozing at the table? Did your Craigslist guy match you on every single quiz answer (You both got Hufflepuff!) but you find yourself butting heads all night? If you liked him enough online to give it a shot for a first date, you must have seen some potential in him based on your initial interactions. So if you can’t figure out where the connection went, don’t write him off just yet. Here are some good (and, OK, maybe not so good) reasons to give a bad date a second chance.

It’s better than sitting around on shopping websites all night.

You say you’re going to go through all those BlackBerry e-mails from work tonight, but let’s face it. There’s a Paris-themed sale on Gilt tonight, and you’re screwed. Bye-bye, bank account.

Maybe he was having an off night.

Haven’t you ever had a date where stress from work was swirling around your mind? Where you just couldn’t get over the fact that your ex had that exact same shirt? Where you just knew that you weren’t on your game? Maybe he was, too. It happens.

You weren’t entirely truthful on the first date.

Did you tell him you’re “in social media” when you’re really just fun-employed and posting on your Facebook account? Here’s your chance to tell the truth and redeem yourself.

Because he paid for dinner the first time.

Frankly, it’s just rude to let a guy pay for dinner or drinks on the first date and then just ghost him out of existence. You don’t owe him any favors, but you probably do owe him a second chance.

Now that you know what to expect from him, you can relax (and so can he.)

Let’s be honest, it’s stressful going on a first date. You can’t go back and edit your answers like you do online. Now that you’ve got the introductions out of the way, you can really start to reveal your true personality and stop wasting time on those same-old, same-old elevator speeches.

You’re already over your Seamless budget.

You promised yourself you’d cut back, but your fridge is as empty as a freshman frat boy’s. And splitting the check at a restaurant is a totally different category on your Mint account. In fact, this is pretty much an investment. In your future!

You’re going to Grandma’s for the weekend and you want to have an answer when she bugs you about your dating life.

I know you had four children by the time you were my age, Grandma. But I’ve gone on MULTIPLE dates! With the SAME guy!

If nothing else, just do it for the stories. Because let’s be honest.

That’s half the reason you date anymore, anyway. What else are you going to talk about at brunch next week?

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