First Date, First Impression: What Your Tech Says About You
When out in the dating world, it is important to know the rules of the game. Rules like always open the door for your date, never talk about your ex and always make a good first impression. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Plus, with modern, instant conveniences and expectations, you have to say as much as you can with as few words as possible, in as little time as allowed. So, when meeting someone for the first time, it is important to consider what your tech says about you. To maximize your chances of attracting the right person, here are a few insights to determine if you are giving off the right vibrations:
First, make sure you own one. Anything other than a smartphone these days implies that you are a dinosaur that is unable to adapt to the times. But which smartphone best represents you? Different makes say something different about your personality. For example:
- iPhone: iPhone owners are assumed to be wealthier, more concerned with personal grooming and willing to spend more money on clothing than other phone owners, according to a TalkTalkMobile survey posted by the Daily Mail. If this sounds like you, keep in mind there is a dark side to personality trait assumptions, and for iPhones that means that users are considered vainer and more egocentric than others.
- Android: Likewise, Android users are assumed to work the longest hours, but be well-versed in cooking and have the best manners.
- BlackBerry: Those sporting a BlackBerry are considered outgoing and social, but most likely to be late to an engagement.
So, think carefully about what your smartphone conveys about who you are before you pick up your phone and head out the door for that first date. And BlackBerry users, try your best to be on time.
One of the most significant trends in technology of late is wearable tech. These devices serve as both a gadget and an accessory. Merely sporting a wearable tech device speaks of your interest in staying abreast of technology advances and applications. But which wearable gadget makes the best first impression?
- Perhaps the most impressive device is the smartwatch. Not only is it an actual computer wrapped elegantly around your wrist, but the smartwatch looks sleek and sophisticated. Smartwatches serve as status symbols, and they are encroaching upon the reigning king of time-keeping, Rolex, in status peacocking. Plus, they are great conversation starters when meeting someone for the first time.
- Other wearable tech can definitely make a statement, but some of these statements, like Google Glass, may be too loud. Donning a set of interactive glasses with a complete, accessible computing system may come on a little too strong for your date’s liking. Some people find certain wearable tech to be too advanced, and Google Glass seems to scream that the wearer is living in the future and everyone else is falling behind, explains TechRepublic. Not to mention that you want to give your date your full attention, so Google Glass or a Bluetooth headset may give the impression that you can and will be easily distracted.
In modern dating, you have to be at the top of your game. To guarantee that you get a second date, be sure to make an amazing first impression. Use the same consideration that you put into selecting your clothes and cologne into choosing the best tech, which can speak volumes about you before you even say “hello.”
NOTE: This is a guest post. I am not a fan of smartwatches. I find them to be distracting and gimmicky. I also think that you can’t judge a person based on their technology. I have a Droid and I love it, and perhaps it says something about me – that I don’t like to follow trends, and that iPhones may be beautiful and well-designed, but Droids have many advantages if you’re willing to learn how to navigate them.
What technology do you bring to a date and what do you think it says about you?