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Teen First Dates started airing on E4 in February 2021 and the spin-off has provided families with some much-needed smiles. The series follows younger singletons as they attempt to meet their perfect match at the First Dates restaurant. Dating expert Hayley Quinn, from Match, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how she felt the couples got on.
How did the teens really feel about their dates?
Teen First Dates is a six-part series airing on E4 and it follows a group of singletons aged between 16 and 19.
They are all hoping to experience young love at the new First Dates restaurant in Manchester, and they all had their own expectations.
The teens may not be ready to delve into a proper relationship yet, but they are given the chance to go on an old-fashioned date without the pressures of technology and social media.
For many of the participants, they had no idea what it felt like to flirt with one another individual in person.
With many teens usually having their phone screens to hide behind, some found it easier than others.
Match expert Hayley Quinn watched the couples on the series and analysed their reactions to their dates.
She did notice some awkward moments, but praised the youngsters for their touching gestures and had high hopes for them.
She said: “What do you remember about dating as a teen? Spots popping out at just the wrong moment? Doing something unbearably awkward just when you were trying to act cool?
“Well, you can now relive it all with Channel 4’s teen spin on its popular ‘First Dates’ series.
“Compared to the adult version of the show, you’re immediately reminded of the insecurities that characterise coming of age.
“One participant is mortified by a recent spot outbreak, others burst through the famous restaurant doors, held high, with the supreme confidence of youth that has yet to receive a serious setback.
“Others gaze up and left when put on the spot (a classic body language cue that says ‘I’m trying to make something up and fast!’) or let their jaws drop when they’re asked a tricky question about their ‘experience’ levels.
“All in all it’s enough to make most adults sigh a deep breath and feel thankful that they don’t have to go through all that again!
“It’s also touching; because whilst most of us have had our fair share of awkward teenage dating experiences, it also will remind you of a time where you perhaps looked at dating very differently.”
She said younger people were less likely to shy away from their date as they took an idealistic approach.
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She added: “When we’re younger and less realistic, it’s often much easier to experience the spark, which can become elusive later on in life.
“Likewise, at the start of our journey to find love we haven’t yet had to experience our limitations, which means you may be more open to trying new things and creating opportunities for yourself.
“Whilst there’s a good argument that we can only experience ‘real’ love when we’ve fully grown into who we are (and remember, everyone is on their own path to find this); some of the ways we approached dating as a teenager can be beneficial to revisit.
“Often as we gain experiences we also gain a sense of our own boundaries, and what kind of people we never want to date again!
“However, if this is taken too far, as adults we can become hyper-vigilant and closed off to love.”
She suggested adults watching the series may have a lot to learn from the teens, who were all very open to new experiences.
The dating expert added: “Whilst we don’t need to go fully back to the rose-tinted glasses of youth; giving ourselves permission to trust people again, to give people a chance, to have fun, to mess it up and not care, are all really important lessons in love we could do with remembering for adult life.”
The First Dates Teens couples included the two Doms, who found they had plenty in common with each other, not just their names.
Caitlyn and Baillie also bonded over their mental health, and the date provided a great way for them to open up to someone new.
The teens also discovered more about what they wanted from relationships, with TikTok celeb Jack wanting a connection with someone in the ‘real world’.
Teen First Dates airs on Monday nights on E4 and all six episodes are available to stream on All 4
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