Decoding dating behavior can be seriously confusing. Colleges could teach a semester's worth of classes on the "You up?" text alone. After I go on a date, I hope for some kind of confirmation that it went well — a hug goodbye or a text saying he had fun are always good signs. So is a kiss. There are a lot of kinds of kisses, though, and a kiss on the cheek means something very different than full-on tongue.
A kiss on the cheek at the end of a date could be a sweet gesture, or it might be a way of letting the other person down easy. I was curious about which interpretation is more often correct, so I asked nine people for their honest opinions. Almost everyone agreed: if you're on the first date and you feel the night went well, a kiss on the cheek at the end of it usually means they're into you. Here's why:
If this guy isn't feeling it, he'll tell you.
- James, 22
This guy might want to take it slow.
- Andrew, 21
This guy won't lead you on.
- Tyler, 22
This guy wants you to pay attention to his signals.
- Brian, 23
For this guy, it's all or nothing.
- Mitchell, 23
This guy says any kind of kiss on the first date means it was a success.
- Preston, 22
This girl agrees that context matters.
- Drew, 22
This girl hopes you just go for it.
- Alex, 23
This girl knows how to leave someone wanting more.
- Rosie, 22
If you get a kiss on the cheek at the end of a first date, don't overthink it. This is clearly a gesture that means something to most guys. If you're interested, you can always make the first move as well. Confidence is sexy!
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