Question from Julia Y.: Because of my job, it’s important that I always keep my phone handy so I can be available in case there’s an emergency. Will a new guy get the wrong impression if I text during a date?

If you’re looking for dating advice on what texting on a date says to your partner, then keep reading to see what our relationship experts had to say!

Dating Advice On Texting On A Date

Suzanne K. Oshima, Matchmaker: Texting or taking a phone call during a date is a big “no, no!” because it sends the wrong message to the person you’re out with. He may think that you’re really not that interested in him or that you’re texting another guy. That being said, the only exception to the rule is if there’s an emergency. Here’s my love advice: A good way to avoid him thinking the wrong thing, is to tell him up front that you usually don’t text on dates, but because of the nature of your job sometimes emergencies come up and you may need to handle it while you’re on the date. He will most likely be understanding, but you should really try to avoid this from happening on a regular basis, otherwise he’ll probably start to get annoyed and lose interest in you.

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Paige Wyatt, Reality TV Star: It’s a little rude to be glued to your phone during a date and will definitely give off a bad impression. But if you absolutely must respond for a work emergency, just make sure you tell your date that it is an emergency. Also, make sure to step out, so that he’s not just uncomfortably staring at you while you text! It’s the 21st century, we all understand if a message just can’t wait.

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Robert Manni, Guy’s GuyWhen dating someone new, it’s important tmake the person sitting across the table feel special. That means giving them your undivided attention. My dating advice is if you’re on a date and expecting an important call from a client or your boss, let your date know. We’ve all been there. Then discreetly place your phone off to the side and have fun. If your job keeps you in a perpetual emergency mode where you can never disconnect from the office, it’s says something about your choices. Your career is important, but so is your relationship and love life. And guess what? You can have it all if you prioritize your needs and balance your work and personal life.

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