We're happy to present this excerpt from one of our favorite sites, AskMen. Spencer Edwards dishes the things you absolutely shouldn't bring up on a first date!
There's no script for attraction. As the Grateful Dead say, one man gathers what another man spills. But some things can be agreed upon, generally. Like the fact that people who don't read at all tend to be boring, or that we prefer to date women who don't make frequent reference to their ex-boyfriends. Here are 10 phrases we've heard on dates enough times to know that they're warning signs. Proceed with caution.
"I'm Obsessed With Animals"
Perhaps it's an unfair characterization, but it's one that sticks nonetheless: Grown women who are obsessed with animals, whether dogs, cats or what have you, lack a fundamental maturity. We're not saying you shouldn't love your pets like they're your family - we get that, it's real. But the woman who still dreams of being a vet even though she works in PR - not realizing that being a vet takes years of training and is ultimately a highly demanding and messy job having very little to do with cuteness and furry cuddles - seems kind of like an overgrown 8-year-old.
"You Would Really Like My Friend"
Maybe this is just an example of clear and effective communication, because when a woman tells us how much we'd get along with her friend over there at the other end of the bar, we can only assume she's trying to set us up with the friend. We take it as a reasonably well-articulated statement that she is not interested and would rather we bother her friend instead. If this is what women mean when they say this, then great, we're all on the same page.