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Having a great first date

Forget fancy restaurants, scintillating conversation and the right amount of eye contact – simply embrace the awkwardness, says Oliver Burkeman

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There are countless techniques to try to ensure that a first date means clicking with someone special, rather than paralysing anxiety, or wasting three hours. Yet, even the best advice can seem impossible to implement. It might be true that you should adopt certain body language, or make exactly the right amount of eye contact – but, as soon as you deliberately attempt it, you’ll be consumed with self-consciousness, guaranteeing an uncomfortable date. A better plan is to accept the awkwardness and ind ways to channel it towards closer connection.

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