Unless you are a wildly social and naturally charming person, first dates can be harrowing. They can be awkward, nerve-wracking, uncomfortable, and even disingenuous. Most of us get a little unnerved trying to present the best version of ourselves, while simultaneously trying to judge if the person across from us is worthy of our time and attention.

It helps to have a bit of a leg up in these scenarios, and it would be a shame to ruin the first date with a bad first date location, right? There is a now-viral list of places women find "unacceptable" for a first date- and of course, there's some pushback on their answers. Interestingly, many of the places listed are here in Lubbock, too. 

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash
Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

I should start by saying that there is no listed scientific method to whatever polling was done to compile this list- so take the answers with a grain of salt. However, it does bring up some things you might want to consider. The first major point of contention appears to be chain restaurants, of which Lubbock has plenty, in fact, all five of the top 5 on this list. But why are they a problem?

My first instinct is that choosing a chain restaurant can be uncreative, if not a "basic" choice. I might think that my date is afraid to try new things, or is otherwise not very adventurous. Some women in the comments find chain restaurants to be "too cheap" and unimpressive for a first date. That attitude seems fussy to me personally, but first dates are all about first impressions, so I can understand why it might be a priority for them. Personally, I'd rather a date take me to an interesting local place, and it can be affordable.

I have to agree strongly with #6: going to the movies. How am I supposed to get to know you if we are watching a screen? I love going to the movies, but for me, it's a serious thing in which both parties stay absolutely silent.

The list is quite long and has some head-scratchers on it. What's wrong with coffee dates, or ice cream dates? Is it because they are not fancy enough? Again, this is a FIRST date. I don't want the pressure of an expensive encounter, but I suppose some women expect it. I do agree the gym is really awkward, and a family function is several steps ahead of a first date. The "long-drive" answer seems to be a safety issue, I completely understand that.

Does this list leave anywhere to go in Lubbock? Sure. Here's a list of some great places to take a date in Lubbock (assuming your date isn't extremely fussy, but perhaps this is a good way to weed a high-maintenance person out?)

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