How Dating Should Be / Rules / Sage Advice

Why Taking Pictures on a First Date Should Be Normal

taking picturesDon’t even pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. You show up for a date and you just decide you NEED to be able to show the real-life version of your date to your friends later. But for some reason, it’s considered socially awkward to snap a pic of your date on your first meeting. (Actually, I’m not even sure when it’s appropriate to take a picture of a date. I’m pretty sure there are no existing photos of my exes and/or dates.) Why do I want these pictures though?

  • Proof: Whether your date was absolutely gorgeous or “not quite as pictured,” sometimes a girl just needs some proof! In the best case scenario, you want to brag. In the worst case scenario, you want your friends to know you’re not exaggerating.
  • Identification Purposes: Sometimes, you want to snap that pic real quick and text it to a friend so they have a photo for the police. “Last seen with” is so much more effective when you have a picture to go with a name.
  • Google Image Search: I’ll be honest. It all comes down to this one really. Of course I want to run his picture through Google Image Search and see if it pops up anywhere! If I haven’t already managed to find my date’s Facebook page, Twitter handle, LinkedIn account, and every other document on the internet (I’m a internet detective, what can I say?), I want to be able to dig up some more dirt! Arrest records can be tricky to get sometimes, images make that much easier.

Keep in mind what I’m asking for here is different than asking for a picture as soon as you start texting each other. That’s a different thing entirely (and not ok).

I vote we start campaigning immediately to make first date picture taking normal. It’s only taboo if we all keep playing into the concept that it’s “weird.” Who’s with me?

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