So when it comes to the question of “how long should a first date last?” Id recommend no more than one hour, tops. But there are other reasons, as well. Spending more than an hour on a first date has many other consequences you might not have thought about.
Should a first date be long or short?
If youre meeting someone for the first time from an online dating site, it should always just be for drinks or coffee… something casual to get to know each other. As for the length, its usually about an hour. If youre having a good time, though, obviously youll want to stay longer and perhaps order some food.
What do you do at the end of a first date?
According to psychologist Marty Nemko, another important tip when ending a first date is to try and lock down the second date before you leave. If youd like to see the person again, make a date right then or at least specify when youll be back in touch. Its rude to leave a person hanging.