The Four Pins Guide To Not Being A Complete Failure At Dating

A class currently offered at Boston College assigns students to go on dates in order to get them to interact with other humans that they have feelings for. As we all know, young people these days are completely incapable of this because of Tinder and the hookup culture and hip-hop and cell phones and Socrates, the corrupter of the youth. Setting aside the fact that people of all generations are prone to spending too much time on their phones (example: my extremely non-Millennial dad), I doubt this generation invented social awkwardness. In fact, I know it didn't. While researching a paper once, I found a book from 1816 featuring the sentence: "They consider him as belonging to the awkward squad."

But since every other product review on this site tries to get you to buy some jawn by invoking the possibility of maybe impressing a woman so she will maybe touch your pale, desolate nether regions, maybe some of my contemporaries do need help in the dating department. I haven't been on many dates, but I figure any seduction strategies that don't rely entirely on Peter Pan-collared Junya Watanabe jackets could be of some use.

Before you lose trust in me completely, here goes: The following are a few of my tips on how to go on a date with a woman. These alone will NOT suffice to turn you into a suave ladykiller overnight, but there will probably be at least one aspect of your next date that you won't screw up horribly.

Emily Lever is a French-American writer who wishes she led a life of adventure. You can follow her on Twitter here.

  • chelsea

    i hate cats

  • Eduardo Meneses

    Living my life like it’s golden with this…. this is genius. Quite funny and kinda takes the edge off of dating and all that.

  • Anonymous

    Class is at BU, not BC. Sucks to BU

    • Emily Lever

      sry

  • Oppiken

    This is a well written article with some common sense advice that most people actually don’t think about. Surprisingly funny too. Props for the Detox reference.

  • own_up

    too scared to have a publishable twitter account, too afraid to be a true… oh wait bloggers/copy writers don’t even count as journalists my b

    • Emily Lever

      when/where have i ever claimed i was a journalist? it’s ok i’ll wait