Awkwardness Be Gone: The Right Way to End a First Date in Every Scenario

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Q: Whether I’m into the girl or not, I never know how to end the first date without being super-awkward about it. Help!

A: For the average person, the end of the first date is going to be uncomfortable nine times out of 10. You may not know her well or you could be walking on eggshells as you attempt to go from the friend zone to maybe-more territory—and I haven’t even mentioned the first-date butterflies yet. No matter how much swag you think you have, add all that up, and you’ve got the magical recipe for end-of-date awkwardness. Awesome, right?

It’s a good thing I have the magical antidote to get rid of said awkwardness. (You’re welcome.) Here’s your exact game plan depending on which of these most-likely scenarios you encounter:

A) Meh. You’re not that into her.

If you weren’t feeling it, she’s a big girl. She can take the brush off. But for the love of everything good in this world, please do not tell her you’ll call when you have no intention to reach back out. “Just cut her loose by giving her a quick peck on the cheek and say, ‘Thanks for coming out tonight. It was great meeting you.’ That’ll signal it’s a wrap,” says dating expert Lauren Frances, author of Dating, Mating and Manhandling.

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