16 Dating Strategies to Be Your Best Self (and Avoid Being a Dick)

When it comes to first date tips that actually help, they're rarely the one your mom championed: Just be yourself. Instead, we found the best ways to stay true to who you are—while presenting the best version of yourself.

The most classic, useless dating advice of all time—which you've undoubtedly heard countless times from your mom, magazines, and self-help books—is to just "be yourself." The idea here is that if you're just super authentically you, everything will go right! You'll find a boyfriend, girlfriend, make-out buddy, lifetime partner… whatever it is you're looking for.But this advice doesn't effing wo...