07/20/2016 02:19 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 02:59 EDT

How To End A Bad Date

When you know, you just know. This saying can be true for relationship matches and clashes.

Researchers say most people make decisions about a person within seven seconds of meeting them. So if you seem unsure about a new date by the sixth second you might want to avoid sitting next to them throughout a six-course dinner.

Of course, we all know you can cut a date short by faking an illness or calling a friend for help, but doing so might leave you feeling like a jerk, not to mention leaving your date feeling down in the dumps.

In the slideshow below, relationship insider Kimberly Moffit shares 10 ways to politely end a bad date. From playing matchmaker to planning a short date to begin with, these tips will get you out of a bad date without making you feel like a bad guy.

Seven seconds in and still unsure about your date? Moffit says signs you're on a bad date include long periods of silence within the first five minutes, a lack of attraction and a clash of values.

Have you ever had to end a date early? Let us know how you escaped in the comments below.

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