Top 10 first-date turnoffs: Put down your phone, experts say

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      We all know that text messaging can be one of the most dangerous things one can do while behind the wheel of a car.

      It can also be highly hazardous to your love life, according to a survey from

      Most of the 100,000 people who voted in the survey say that texting or talking on a cell phone while on a first date is the ultimate deal-breaker.

      The full top ten things never to do on a first date, according to the survey, were:

      2) Anything having to do with sex3) Talking about an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend4) Tardiness5) Being rude to a server6) Drinking too much7) Attempting to split the check8) Talking about your job9) Talking about your mother10) Talking about marriage or a wedding

      On Friday's edition of Let's Talk Live on NewsChannel 8, Natasha Barrett and Melanie Hastings will be joined by Erika Ettin, a professional dating coach and founder of, to talk about first date etiquette.

      In the meantime, put the phone down.