The modern dating landscape can be a minefield at times

Researchers reveal top body language signs to look at on your first date

The modern dating landscape can be a minefield at times, so wouldn't it be great if you knew how your date felt about you without having to ask?

Ahead of the new ITV2 show Ready To Mingle, which is set to start in September, the research team at Busuu has identified telltale body language signs to look out for on a first date. 

A person's body language can hold thousands of different messages – and can sometimes be more telling of their feelings than spoken words. 

Expressions, physical touch, and other gestures can give great insight into how another person feels, especially when it comes to romance.

A spokesperson for Busuu said: "First dates can be a nervy affair and it can be really difficult to gauge whether somebody likes you straight off the bat.

"It's important to not only be able to recognise these visual cues but to actually demonstrate them yourself.

"Eye contact, an open body stance, and a warm smile are all perfect non-verbal cues to show your date that you're attracted to them, but you're also being attentive and care about what they have to say." 

"Equally, don't be worried if you can't spot any body language signs in your date. These aren't definitive: 

Flared nostrils

Flaring of the nostrils may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, this subconscious action can be a key indicator that your date may be sexually attracted to you. 

Dilated pupils

It has been shown that dilated pupils can be caused by the surge of dopamine that you get when you're attracted to someone.

Eye contact

Direct eye contact with someone is often romanticised in Hollywood movies, but for good reason! If your date maintains eye contact with you, not only could they be attracted to you, but it's likely they're being sincere and really listening to what you have to say. 


If your date seems to be leaning in – both when you're talking or if they close the space between you – it shows they're interested in you and they're engaged in the conversation. 

On the other hand, if the person seems to be keeping their distance, they aren't necessarily not attracted to you. First dates can extremely be daunting and physical distance could just be a result of nerves or shyness. 


A smile can go a long way in any scenario, but can also induce the release of dopamine in someone else's brain. Facial expressions often display someone's true emotions towards you, so take a smile as a good sign.

Scrambling words

There is a good chance that if your date is lost for words, they might be anxious and a little nervous, too. People can become tongue-tied when they find someone attractive. 

Feet position

Who would have thought your date's toes could be so telling of their attraction towards you? Well, if you notice that their feet are pointing inwards then you know they like you.

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