“7 Gay Dating Hacks” for DatingAdvice.com

Dating hacks in this day and age don’t have to feel like cheap gimmicks. Dating hacks are ways to lay the bricks of a dating path that is clear and allows some creativity for your best attributes to shine.

Follow any of these seven hacks for gay dating, and I’m sure you’ll be smiling more than frowning while on your journey to romance.

1. Practice Your First Date Conversation Ahead of Time

I have always been an over-prepared person. When it comes to dating, this quality has helped me give off a good first impression almost every time. Would you go into a job interview not knowing who you’re talking to, what you’re going to say, and what you should expect? Would you book an appointment with a new doctor or masseuse without doing even a little research to see if they’re reputable, good at what they do, and worth your time?

You need to have a template when you go on a first date. I say have at least two unique conversations ready so you can share the most important things about yourself. I find most successful dates happen when one or both participants aren’t just winging it. If you are more of an introverted person, this will save you from awkward moments of silence.

Oftentimes, you’ll find attributes in someone’s dating profile that compare to your own. These are golden nuggets of conversational momentum. Take note of them.

2. Give Him Your Undivided Attention (Eye Contact Included)

When you get to the date location, leave your phone in your car or in your pocket completely out of sight. If you think you cannot be away from your phone for more than one hour, then you shouldn’t be dating. This behavior is selfish to your own needs and wants. Your date doesn’t deserve to be treated that way.

I’ve been on many first dates that were ruined when someone chose to take a phone call or answer a text at the dinner table. My hope is that your best friend, your mom, your dog sitter, or your boss will be fine if you get back to them after your date in an hour. In my years in dating coaching and matchmaking, I’ve found that an attractive quality is a good work-life balance.

There is power in giving someone your undivided attention with unwavering eye contact. Furthermore, watch your gaze. Don’t keep looking at the attractive waiter or other patrons while your date is trying to get to know you. If you catch your eye or mind wandering often, reassess your current dating and relationship goals. Consider the lasting impression you’d like to have on someone who has made time for you.

Remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.

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