These mobile apps can help make your next dinner date suck less
Step 1. Find a date
It's only as difficult as you make it. And now thanks to an ever growing list of match-making apps, finding a date doesn't have to be tough at all. Weeding through the scumbags and the airheads ... well that's the tricky part. But hey, you've gotta get started somewhere, right? Popular dating sites like OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, Grindr and Skout all have mobile apps to help you out.
Step 2: Tell her lies, tell her sweet little lies
Burner app for iPhone is, well, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It lets you dish out fake numbers when you want to keep the real thing on reserve. With Burner you can slip out of any awkward situation by destroying (or “burning”) those faux digits after 20-minutes; 60 texts; or seven days. The app is $2 up front and comes with enough credits to snag your first temporary number at no extra cost. Get here.
Step 3: Set the scene
OK, this is where bros tend to break a sweat. But planning the perfect date is no longer the dreaded event it once was, thanks to the internet. We suggest Yelp's mobile apps for reviews on everything from restaurants and dive bars to drive-ins and mini-golf. When you're ready to mamke a reservation, scoot over to OpenTable's app. And while you're out and about with your date, stay plugged in to Foursquare'sexplore sectionfor your next recommendation.
Step 4: Woo until you can't woo anymore (or just buy some damn flowers and call it good)
Showing up with flowers may be old school, but when your date is extra sweet and saucy, it could work to your advantage. Admittedly, I get a little weird when bros bring floral-scented things to my doorstep (I prefer my men to smell like the woods ... but we'll just leave that alone for now). I suggest sending something simple earlier in the day, just ahead of the date, with a snappy little message. Or wait and see how well the date plays out before you splurge. 1800flowers Mobile App for Android will help you with this one.
Step 5: Doll (or suit) the f*ck up
First impressions really do last forever, and making a bad one is a surefire guarantee you won't be seeing that second date. Bros, when dressing yourself is just too hard, try Valet for iPhone. And for the love of all things holy, learn how to tie a proper knot (lucky for you, apps like How to Tie a Tie actually exist). As for you ladies, need I say more than Pinterest? Here's a saucy shoe board to get you started.
Step 6: Avoid awkward conversation
When you run out of things to say, keep Flipboard or Pulse handy. Load up your feeds with global news, politics and pop culture -- you'll have plenty to run on. Likewise, subtly reference Wikipedia's app for iPhone or Android when you have no eff'n clue what your date is talking about (it's OK, we've all been there).
Don't talk about how popular you are on the internet. Nobody cares in irl.
Showing your date entire Facebook albums while you're sitting at the bar is a big no no. If she wants to cyberstalk you later, she'll do that on her own.
Speaking of Facebook no-no's, don't reference her recent status updates, or tell her how hot her vacation pics are. It's stalker-y, and you need to calm down.
Seriously, stop flirting with the waitress (and ladies, stop shooting suggestive eyes at the beefy bartender).
Bros, if you're hoping for booty, don't even think about asking her to go dutch. If she insists on paying her half, you must resist at least once -- if she gets scary about it and starts talking about how she's a "modern" woman, you have permission to just leave.
Ladies, just let him open the damn door if he goes for it. It's nice, and it doesn't mean he's trying to take your hard-earned rights away.