For years, people have considered the first date to be the hardest one to master, leading friends and family to give countless hours of advice to those going on the date. Well, guess what: the first date is small potatoes and you're making a huge deal out of nothing.
With the rise of dating apps and an increasing trend towards keeping that first date casual and brief (think one drink or a cup of coffee), first dates have become, well, kind of disposable. Things might go fantastic, they might not -- either way, you'll probably be on to the next one before you've even gotten home from the previous date (technology!).
But the second date? That's when the real pressure sets in. Here's why.
The second date is like a job interview
Let's look at dates along the same vein as trying to get a job. The first date is your basic Skype interview -- you've dolled yourself up, you've practiced everything you're going to say, and you're probably (possibly?) wearing pants. There's SOME pressure, sure, but it's nothing more than a standard meet-and-greet.