First dates can be tough. Often filled with jeopardy, they are nerve-ridden moments where the stakes are high and the expectations often low. But how do we know if the date’s going to be a hit or a miss – a thumbs up or just downhill all the way? London-based ad agency isobel, in celebration of all-things cupid-shaped and romantic have swapped red roses for red flags and come up with the top 20 character-cues to alert first- daters that they are on a mission impossible.

Velcro wallets, no socks with shoes and referring to their mother as ‘mummy’ all make the cut. As does having a pet Instagram, riding a folding bike and clapping when the plane lands!

First Date Red Flags

And at number 20? Not knowing what a red flag is…

I guess we could be accused of being contrary – but we thought it would be fun to poll the office and come up with an alternative take on Valentine’s Day” says Jamie Williams, Managing Partner, isobel.

Think of it as our gift to a nation of first-daters

Top 20 First Date Red Flags:

1 Clapping when the plane lands

2 Calls their mum, mummy

3 Kissing their mum on the lips

4 Wears Lynx Africa

5 No socks with shoes

6 Gym selfies

7 Has an Android phone

8 Velcro wallets

9 Having a pet instagram

10 Partaking in a conga line

11 Doing a baby voice

12 Saying you’re 6ft

13 Rides a folding bike

14 Referring to themselves in third person

15 Winking

16 White jeans

17 Sees a life coach

18 “Hun”

19 Asking “what’s your star sign?”

20 Doesn’t know what “red flags” are

Do you have more First Date Red Flags to warn first- daters before they go on that date? Leave it in the comment section below.


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