If you have a first date that does not go very well, you will probably know it. Body language, word choice and sentence structure all will be different than they would be on a successful date. If you are not very good at sensing this kind of thing, you need to be on the lookout for a few key signs in order to avoid uncomfortable social situations brought on by your inability to sense a rejection.
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Ask yourself if there was much casual touching on the date. Your date may not necessarily have been all over you, but if he was into you, he would have casually touched your hand, guided you through doors and otherwise made some form of bodily contact. If he did not make even the slightest physical contact, he is probably not interested in you.
Look for preening. A man who wants to impress will have been checking to make sure his shirt was tucked in and that his hair looked OK. A woman will have been making sure her lipstick was applied correctly and that her blouse was straight. If your date was not interested, though, he probably would not have cared how he looked.
Look at when the date ended. If she asked you to have a drink with her and she bade you farewell after that single drink, then she is probably not interested. A good date will often last much longer than the scheduled event.
Listen to see if he asked for a second date. If he said was going to call but did not mention when or what he wanted to do, then he probably will not call. A man who is interested will usually plan the second date toward the end of the first date.
Listen to see if she asked questions about your life, like what you do for a living and how many siblings you have. If she did, then she was interested in getting to know you. If not, then she was probably not interested, and there will probably not be a second date.
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