5 Signs He Likes You After The First Date

Looking for first date signs he likes you? Here are five things to watch for to know if you can expect to see him again.

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Finally, you’re on a date with a man you like! Even better, you get the distinct feeling he likes you too. But, how can you know for sure? What are the signs he likes you after the first date?

There are plenty of people who offer dating advice on this subject. I have seen a lot that in this expert’s opinion, does not hold water.

The most common things are the ones that might just fool you. And that could be what your date had in mind to get you into the sack quickly.

Don’t Be Fooled By Sweet Talk

There are a few telltale signs that a guy is into you. However, there are others that sound good, yet don’t mean much.

For example, if he says he hasn’t met a woman like you in a long time, no question that’s a nice compliment. But, it could have absolutely no meaning beyond flattery.

Don’t be fooled if your date says, “I’ll call you,” at the end of the night. Many men feel compelled to say this because they don’t know another way to end the date.

Confusing as this might be, don’t put stock in this phrase since it’s actually most often a sign that he WON’T call.

Another comment that gives you a false sense of security that a man is into you, is if he talks about future plans.

Future fantasizing can be fun for a man who is a romantic at heart. The proof is in the pudding though – men who wax on about all the things you could do together someday rarely follow through.

Seduction vs. Genuine Interest


Some men skilled in the art of seduction will share a good deal of personal information, hoping you’ll feel safe with him as a result.

Women often tell me how a date revealed intimate details about his life and they thought this was a good sign.

Why would a man do this if he didn’t feel really comfortable?

It’s an old trick and often works too. A man will draw you in with his story to gain sympathy and hope you’ll let down your guard. Then he can swoop in, so he can get you into bed that night.

Many women throw caution to the wind with a man like this as they get swept off their feet. Don’t be fooled by this technique.

What should you look for in a man? Well, that’s really a blog post in itself!

This post will help you think about how to find a man with traits you like and who is potentially compatible at the same time.

What Do Men Think After You Sleep With Them?

A lot depends on the man and his reason for sleeping with you. If he is into you, he might be thinking about seeing you again and certainly having sex with again. He might let future plans roll through his mind and be excited about getting to know you.

If he’s just a one-night kind of guy, he might be think about how he can get out of having you stay over or hope you don’t want to have a relationship or expect this to turn into anything serious.

What do men think after you sleep with them? Some fret about performance and wonder if you faked your orgasm, or how he rated versus other men you’ve slept with. He could also be patting himself on the back for being such a great lover.

At times, men aren’t thinking anything about you or the future. He might have work on his mind and be running through what he needs to do tomorrow. They might feel hungry, tired or want to take a shower. Or simply fall asleep without much thought at all.

Read this post to discover three ways to decide when it’s OK to sleep together?

Signs He Regrets Sleeping With You

A man might regret sleeping with you if it only seemed like a good idea because he was drunk. Or if he feels things will be awkward when you see each other next. Another regret is if it was just sex to him, but he realizes you are really into him.

There are plenty of reasons for regrets, but this is how it might show up after the act. He…

  • Gets quiet and appears uncomfortable
  • Suggests you’d sleep better if you went home
  • Puts on his clothes right away and leaves
  • Is suddenly angry or unpleasant out of the blue
  • Says he has an early day at work and takes off quickly
  • Claims he doesn’t feel well and goes back to his place
  • Doesn’t call or text the next day or the next
  • Is slow to respond or doesn’t answer when you reach out

Okay, now let’s move on to what you REALLY want to know – does he like you?

First Date Signs He Likes You

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man in sunglassesSo, what are the things to watch for so know you’ll see him again? Here are the five that I trust as positive indicators he wants more of you.

1. Calls the Next Day to Say He Had a Good Time

If your date picks up the phone to tell you he had a good time, this is a strong signal you will see him again.

Texting is easy and lazy. He could text you and then 10 more women. But, he’s not likely to CALL 10 women. Not at all.

So, if he calls and chats with you the day after your first date, you may have him on the hook girlfriend.

2. Strong Eye Contact

If your date gazes into your eyes for a good part of your time together, he may be signaling serious interest.

Consistent eye contact shows his comfort with you and a desire to know more.

Sometimes this might border on staring, so don’t be too surprised, but it’s not a bad thing. (Unless he’s staring at body parts and not into your eyes.)

And if you happen to notice that his pupils are dilated, it can be a biological response pointing to the deep attraction (or it’s too dark in the room – haha!)

3. He Leans Towards You

signs he likes you after a first date

signs he likes you after a first dateWhen a man is genuinely interested in what you have to say, he LEANS IN to be sure he can hear you.

This is typical body language that has been proved through tons of social research and you can bank on it.

When a person is fully engaged in the conversation, they want to get closer. Bingo – another of the signs he likes you after the first date.

4. Laughs a Lot

If you are truly building rapport, he’ll laugh easily and smile a lot. This might seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised.

Sometimes your date will smile some of the time but look off into space, around the room or down at the table if he’s not that comfortable.

When you’re engaged in a conversation and things are going well, there will be a good dose of laughter and a smile on his face for the majority of the time.

5. Asks for Another Date

Yup, one of the surefire signs he likes you after the first date is that he asks for a second date while he’s still with you!

He might say he wants to see you again or my personal favorite, asks when you are free.

My husband asked me at the end of our first date if he could see me again when he walked me to my car. Of course, I said, “Yes!” He gave me a quick kiss and started to walk away to his car across the parking lot.

Then much to my surprise and delight, he turned back and ask, “Well, when are you available?” It still makes my heart go pitter-patter.

This is the strongest of the signs he likes you after the first date. Nothing like knowing you’ve got a second date lined up to feel like you are on your way to getting to know him.

Text After First Date

Many men will text after the first date whether or not they plan to see you again. Texts that are more positive might include:

  • I had a great time with you
  • Last night was a lot of fun
  • You made me laugh ( or some other compliment)
  • Let’s do that again soon – are you free Friday?

Just keep in mind his texting doesn’t necessarily mean anything. What counts is that he asks you out again.

Your Next Move

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man with hatNow that you know the first date signs he likes you, what should you do next? Absolutely NOTHING! That’s right.

Leave the ball in his court and follow his lead. Let him call you and suggest a date.

Don’t feel tempted based on your good rapport to check-in, reach out, text about your day or call him.

Let him do all that which is the only way you’ll ever know if his interest is building or has dissipated.

When you let a man lead during the initial dating phase, you don’t risk crowding him, pushing him beyond his comfort zone, invading his privacy, rushing him and most importantly turning him off.

Read this post for more about letting the man lead.

Want details on how to find a quality guy? Check out my Free audio program 5 Surefire Ways to Attract a Quality Man

Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. So, she made a few tweaks and then dated 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late for Love to help other smart, successful women find love too! Her mission is to share her proven dating advice and keen insights about men with women everywhere who are serious about finding love with the right man. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000’s of midlife women with her Love & Dating Coach services. She’s been featured on BBC’s 5 Live Radio, NBC, ABC, and Fox News, NPR, eHarmony, MSN.com, MORE.com, Connecticut Magazine among others around the world. An established author, you can find her 6 books on Amazon.

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