What would you consider to be one of the biggest turn-offs on a date? I think bad manners would probably rank pretty high on people’s lists. You want to think that everyone was brought up to be a civilized member of society however that, unfortunately, is not the case. In fact, as time has gone on, it seems that manners have started to go out the window! And now they’re being replaced by a need for instant gratification and a “me, me, me” mentality that, quite frankly, can sometimes make the human race as whole hard to stomach.
The bad mannered men in the world can be grouped into three categories: disgusting, stupid and rude. Perhaps that’s being a little too blunt but it’s true. Let’s start with disgusting. These are the guys that seem to have no awareness of how gross they are. You almost want to give them short guidelines. For instance, knives are not toothpicks. And even if they were, it’s gross to pick your teeth at the table. Napkins are invented for the sole purpose of wiping things off your hands or face so using your mouth is not necessary. Nor is that slurping sound you make when you’re licking your fingers. That phrase “finger licking good” is meant to be a way to sell food, not permission to be gross. And bodily function noises of any kind are not appropriate. Ever. So don’t chug your beer and then burp in your date’s face. It’s the best way to prevent yourself from getting a second date. Perhaps they grew up in a barn away from other people. When your only friends are goats, then, and only then, is your behavior understandable. But it is still nasty.
The stupid men can be slightly endearing. However they still have no manners. These are the men who will make awkward jokes about your haircut, thinking it’s funny but really it’s making you self-conscious about the fact that the hairdresser cut your bangs too short. Or they’ll ask the waitress their name and then proceed to give them a slightly inappropriate nickname, like sugar lips, which makes everyone else uncomfortable except him. These men also are usually the ones who don’t know how to tip. It’s not a choice, they are just lacking in tact.
Lastly, we have the rude men. The rude men are the ones that think way too highly of themselves. They are the ones who, as a bartender, you want to scream, “I AM A SERVER NOT A SERVANT” at. These are probably the worst type of bad mannered men because they will never change. It’s not a lack of awareness or upbringing; it’s just that they suck. They will insult your friends, check out other women when you’re walking down the street, your parents will hate them because they will never try to impress them and they’ll expect you to be a perfect sidekick to them at all times. Or they’ll sidekick you to the curb. These men are the reason women say that chivalry is dead.
All this being said, the good ones still exist. You don’t have to settle for the gross, stupid or rude man, because while it may seem like they are the only ones left, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Beware the warning signs of the ill-mannered male and get out early if you come across them. It’ll save you a lot of stress and trouble while you continue to look for mister (well mannered) right.