Four Signs He Is Interested In You After First Date

Updated November 17, 2022 by ReGain Editorial Team
“Things are so fresh after the first date and certain signs might not be clear. Make sure to remember that it is early on and to also think about the signs you are giving him about your interest. With time and experience, his intentions should become more clear.” - Ryan Smith, LPC, NCC

First dates can be a bit nerve-wracking. Whether you are meeting people on a dating app, in person, or through a friend, the first date is where the rubber meets the road. You may have engaged in some flirting via text message. The texting habits of a guy who likes you means he wants to be with you. Also, you may have a hearty conversation on the phone, or messaging through an app, but you haven't met face to face with the full force of body language to see if there is a spark you would like to pursue. 

So, you decide to meet him for drinks at your favorite happy hour spot. You both show up (which is a good first step) and have a great evening talking over drinks. Now you’re back at home and wondering how the date went and if he liked you. You may be wondering when to text after first date, if you should text him straight away or wait.

How Do You Know If A First Date Went Well?

You can spend hours, days, and weeks over-analyzing your first date, picking apart what was said and every action. What you’re trying to figure out is the first date sparks, if your date actually liked you and if the date went well enough to have a second date. Remember, all the real romantic stories started out with a first date, so it’s great to know the real reasons and results of your first date, especially if it was with someone you’re really attracted to.

You know how you feel. You enjoyed yourself, had a good time, and would like to see the person again. So how can you tell if the date went well?

Here are some signs a first date went well and that you're safe to make a list of what to do after first date:

It Was Easy To Talk To Each Other

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One of the best indicators that the date went well was how easy it was to talk to each other. Conversations can lag, and the lulls can be awkward silences. It can make it difficult to pay attention, or it might even make you feel uncomfortable. However, a few lulls in the conversation are normal, and if’s he’s interested in you, they would have passed quickly. If you found yourself with few of those and felt the conversation naturally jump from topic to topic, you know that there is good mind chemistry between the two of you.

It doesn’t take a dating coach to know that when two people find it easy to talk together, it shows they like how the other person thinks. Through deeper and longer conversations, guys reveal the real thoughts and feelings below the surface. They do this with both their words and their body language. 

You Both Had A Chance To Talk

Nothing is worse than going on a date and never getting in a word. When one person dominates the conversation, it can feel more like a one-person play than a date. He might ask broad questions at first, but as the conversation continues, he might ask more personal questions, such as how you start your day or what you think about certain topics. When your date dominates the conversation, you do get a chance to hear about them and their life, but it’s such a fire hydrant of words that you may often get bored, especially when you aren’t able to add anything to the conversation. If he can’t stop talking, or if he expects you to carry all of the conversation, it’s hard to tell if he’s interested in you or not. This is NOT one of the signs a first date went well.

When you both get a chance to talk on a date, you get to know each other with reciprocity and mutual respect. You also get to feel out each other’s eye contact and body language, which is a big step up from just texting or talking on the phone. You get to know about them and their life, and they get to know you. 

The Date Had A Lot Of Laughter

Laughing with someone is a sure-fire way to tell if you are having a good time. Maybe it’s laughing over dad jokes or funny work stories. The content doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are at ease enough to let loose and laugh together. That’s why prompting laughter – even if his joke wasn’t the funniest this – is one of the subtle super fast ways to build attraction between the two of you.

If you come away from the date with an inside joke or two, you know both parties had a fun time. If you genuinely enjoyed each other, connecting over humor, laughter, and fun is bound to happen.

Your Anxiety Was Low For Most Of The Date

You may feel butterflies in your stomach at the start, feeling nervous about meeting a new person. That’s normal to feel. If your anxiety stays through the date or gets worse, you’re not going to have a good date. What’s more, your date will probably be able to read this anxiety from your body language, which could make them feel uncomfortable and anxious, as well. The other person may be aware of your anxiousness or even be the cause of it. Either way, anxiety doesn’t lead to a date.

If, however, your nerves settle and you find yourself comfortable around this person, the first date is more likely to go well for both parties. The more comfortable you are with the other person – and the less anxious your date behavior is – the more you can be yourself. Moreover, being yourself is what is going to make the other person like you.

The Date Went Longer Than Expected

Maybe you both lost track of time. Maybe one of you suggested grabbing dinner, dessert, or after-dinner drinks. Whatever the reason, sometimes dates go longer than expected. When a date runs long, it’s usually a good thing if you like the other person. It gives you more of a chance to get to know them as well as spending more time with someone with whom you’re infatuated.

When dates go long, it’s usually a good sign, signifying both parties are having a good time. That’s a significant sign of a good date: you’re having a good time and don’t want it to end.

Is He into You?

No matter how good the date goes, or how much of a disaster it may be, the question can still arise: does he like me? Does he want to date me? And how can you tell how a guy texts when he likes you? One way to gauge if he like you or not is if the first date went well. You can also look at other indicators such as body language. If you were part of his excellent time, he probably wants to have an encore with a second date. Second dates usually mean he likes you.

However, we can all be blindsided at times. We think a first date goes really well but never heard from the person again. We’ve all felt the sting of ghosted sex relationships, often without the reasons why they ghosted. So, how do you tell if a guy is interested in you after the first date?

He’ll Tell You He Had A Good Time

Please, ignore that three-day rule or anything else that dictates how long a guy should wait to contact you after a date. If he likes you or if he’s interested in a second date, he’ll probably text or call you the next day and tell you what a good time he had.

Not only is this a confirmation that the date went well, but it’s also a sign of respect and his desire to keep the lines of communication open. The more he wants to communicate, the more he wants to get to know you more because he’s into you.

He’ll Want To Be Social Media Friends

If a guy likes you, he’s going to want to communicate with you. In this day and age, that means social media. If he asks for your Facebook profile or your Twitter handle, he’s not trying to increase your follower count. He wants to stay connected to you. Even this long distance solution can lead to dates in the future, and he’s banking on that possibility.

It can be a bit off-putting to invite someone you barely know into your personal life in this way, but the truth is that social media is a great way to stay in contact more casually. It’s not quite as intense as texting or calling all the time, and some people might prefer something not as intense.

He’ll Want A Second Date

If he likes you, he’s going to want to see you again. The simplest way he can communicate he likes you: setting up the second date. This is clearer than any body language or eye contact could ever be! When he suggests you go out again, feel free to suggest things to do for the second date. You can even be adventurous and suggest the second date yourself.

Either way, a second date is a massive sign that he is interested in you and one of the best signs he wants to date you exclusively. Remember, first dates lead to second dates lead to third dates lead to more.

He’ll Mention His Friends

If a guy is interested in you, he’s probably going to bring up talk about his friends, what they do, who they are, and stories about times spent together. When a guy does this, it’s because he is letting you into his life in a closer way. He may even mention to you that he talked about your date to his friends.

As you know, friends are on your side. They want you to have fun dates and get what you want out of the dating scene and relationships. If he begins inviting you into the lives of his friends (maybe even suggesting a group date), you can be sure he is thinking about more than just that first date.

Let’s be More Than Friends

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It’s essential to have goals when you begin entering the dating scene. Do you want to have fun and go on as many dates as possible? Alternatively, are you looking for something more committed and long term oriented? Maybe something in the middle of the two. There is no right or wrong answer; the choice is up to you. There’s no right or wrong way to date.

If you are looking for a committed relationship, you may want to think of couples counseling at some point. Couples counseling is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your partner as you continue down the relationship path.

When looking for a therapist, it is crucial to find one that can fit with your lifestyle and schedule. Online therapy is great for this. You can have a session from almost anywhere. You and your partner don’t even have to be in the same room. Online therapy is a way to get the benefits of therapy without having to put your days on hold to travel to a therapist’s office.

Trust Yourself

Trust your instincts when it comes to figuring out if a first date went well or if he likes you after the first date. Your intuition is a powerful tool. You instinctively know from body language, tone of voice, and vocabulary used if there was a spark or not. You can feel the chemistry between two people, and if that’s not there, it is ok to move on from that person.

However, you choose to handle figuring out if he likes you, remember that your worth isn’t wrapped up in someone’s opinion of you. You are a wonderful person just as you are, and anyone is lucky to get the chance to date you.

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