Mongeau’s study found that individuals were more likely to approve the friendship goal when alcohol was not involved as compared to if it was available, meaning that more friendships were established through first dates when there was no alcohol involved.
People on first dates are usually relatively aware of their expectations regarding the outcome of the date.
These researchers show that specific dating norms have been around for a long time but have often shifted from generation to generation.
A first date is any type of initial meeting between two individuals, whether or not previously acquainted, where an effort is made to ask, plan, and organize some sort of social activity.
Dating can vary between cultures, lifestyles, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
Overall sexual expectations and behaviors on first dates also change, diverging from the standard “first date scripts.” George has also proven that alcohol can reduce anxiety and increase self-disclosure for men.
On the other hand, women are more concerned that their actions might be misinterpreted if alcohol is involved.
First dates are designed to produce a number of relationship outcomes.
(e.g., sexual partner, friendship, short-term romantic relationship, or life partnership.) However, as Mongeau says “the desired relationship outcome (if any) is, of course, not directly observable.” Mongeau quotes Theiss and Solomon, who have done many scholarly articles on dating, stating that first dates are very important because partners are both getting to know each other and attempting to establish a relationship definition as well.
Communicator characteristics include all of the features of the individual, such as personality, physical appearance, and communication style.
These characteristics can lead the partner to predict how the other will communicate in a “dating” situation.
The three most common goals that people have on first dates are to reduce uncertainty, achieve relational escalation, and to have fun.