"No relationship or date is an exact 50/50, but balance needs to be established for harmony to begin," writes relationship expert Janet Blair Page. "Fifty percent of the airtime is yours, so stay above 30 percent and below 70 percent."
Psychology Today seconds this notion, further explaining the importance of showing interest in the person in front of you. "Asking questions conveys engagement," writes psychologist Guy Winch. "If you do not ask your date questions, they will assume you're not interested in them and will promptly lose interest in you. If you're shy or unsure about what to ask, think of topics ahead of time."
What's more, "Make sure conversation flows back and forth, and don't make it hard for the other person to get a word in. If the person you're with isn't talking much, try open-ended questions," Winch added. And, if you don't know much about a given topic they're passionate about, don't pretend that you do — instead, ask them more questions!