First date can be a source of apprehension and anxiety regardless of a person's age. Obviously, you will not be surrounded by quivering nerves as you were a teenager, but you will be looking for ways to avoid the awkward gaps and silences in the conversation, which makes both people feel uncomfortable. Here are some tips that you can follow when you are going for your first date as a mature single.

One of the main purposes of a first date is to think whether you really want a second one or not. You need to keep that fact in mind when you are approaching the first date as a mature individual. This will assist you to plan the first date appropriately as well. It is better if you can get to know about each other during the very first date. Therefore, you should avoid activities such as going for a movie, because you will be sitting silently in a dark place without talking to each other. Instead, select a place where two of you can talk to each other and get a better understanding about the other person.

As a mature citizen, you can think of tailoring your first date in order to include a common hobby, interest or shared value. It is one of the best methods available to establish an immediate connection with the other person. It can also add value to your first date. If you are planning to go somewhere for a meal during your first date, it is always recommended to go for a lunch instead of a dinner. Then you will have more time to be engaged in some sort of a fun activity and to talk to each other. On the other hand, a dinner may imply more intimacy than you are ready for the first date. Moreover, the conversations that take place between two of you can create a lot of pressure, especially when you meet for a dinner.

For some mature individuals, the idea of dating might bring nervousness. If you are such a person, you can think of it as a hangout or a group date with your friends. Or else, you can think that you are participating in a group activity such as charity auction or wine tasting. It is always recommended to be safe and be smart on the very first date. You should also have a proper exit strategy. On most of the first dates, you will be going out with someone that you don't know very well. Therefore, it is better to stick to public places and tell one of your friends about where you will be spending time.

Last but not least, you should not try to put all your eggs in the first date basket. If your partner doesn't seem to be a charming person, you need to decide what you are going to do next. You should also enjoy your first date with an open mind and keep that date as a memorable one in your mind.