first date tips: Turn your phone off or mute it

It’s first date night, and you’re about to take your sweetheart out for dinner. You get dressed up, look over the menu ahead of time, and pick the perfect restaurant—not too casual or expensive, but not so fancy that it makes her uncomfortable.

Now comes the hard part: taking off your phone.

You know she’ll be annoyed if it interrupts your conversation with an endless stream of notifications throughout dinner; you can already hear her saying “It’s first date night! Why are you looking at your phone?”

But should that really stop you from checking in on Twitter? Seeing what fresh new memes show up on Reddit? Maybe peeking at Facebook to see who liked that photo of yours from last summer (you remember the one)?

It’s first date night—why are you looking at your phone?

Informative article about first-date etiquette, suggesting that people keep their phones off or on mute to avoid distractions from the first date.

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Title was suggested by Tc_Space. “Turn your phone off or mute it” can be any words with the same meaning, but this phrase is used often on social media posts.

Date Night Article first published on February 23, 2018. Writing Style: 3rd person point of view. Language: American English. Tone of voice: casual and friendly tone to engage readers aka potential dates/future business partners/customers etc. This article is informative because it’s about first date etiquette for people who are looking for new ideas on how to have a first date that their romantic partner will enjoy.

The first sentence is not a complete sentence. It’s a fragment, but it works as the first sentence on this article because it introduces the first date etiquette topic and makes it sound important. The first paragraph describes first-date night, which is a phrase that first-date-etiquette lovers will be able to relate to from their own first experiences of dating. In the second paragraph, there are four short sentences that all have commas as punctuation–correctly for three of them and incorrectly for one of them (the first comma as part of an introductory phrase). The first time readers may believe that these long strings of proper nouns will never end; however, they do end after the fourth comma with “but” (because this first sentence is actually just a fragment, it works as the first sentence of this paragraph). The fourth sentence points out that first-date night shouldn’t stop you from looking at your phone. After this idea is established, the fifth sentence suggests that first-date night shouldn’t stop you from looking at your phone either. This example shows how there are different rules for first date etiquette on first vs. second dates because first-date night implies that something more special happened for this to be called first date night–similarly, first-date night implies that something more special will happen or has already happened for this to be called first date night.


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