5 ways to kill the awkward silence on a date

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If you’re reading this right now, you will probably be familiar with the uneasiness that comes when you’re in the presence of another human being – someone you fancy, perhaps – and there’s this prolonged lack of dialogue.

What’s worse is that you’re not even engaged in an anti-social activity like watching a movie. You’re just sitting with each other quietly… wishing one of you would say something already.

First of all, you should know that this happens to most everyone. This initial tinge of awkwardness, generated when words elude you, is a far more common phenomenon than you’d expect. However, it isn’t a symptom of incompatibility, but a product of fear.

Of course, it’s all easier said than done. At the end of the day, this uncomfortable stillness between two people really isn’t a bad thing. It’s but a phase, an essential hurdle every relationship has to cross – take Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega for example. And if you’re still high-strung about it, here’s a vote of confidence from Roman writer Publilius Syrus: “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”