Dating Rules: Top 10 Unwritten Rules of Dating If You're Looking for Serious Dating & Committed Relationship

Dating Rules: Top 10 Unwritten Rules of Dating If You’re Looking for Serious Dating & Committed Relationship

Dating is hard enough as it is without a hidden set of rules that you never knew existed.

It doesn’t matter who you’re dating or your date’s personality, there’s just this list which no one can escape from.

These rules were never announced nor are written anywhere, but everyone is expected to know what they are, and comply by them.

 

Dating Rules

They exist so that everyone has a “protocol” or sorts to follow for going on dates, but some of these rules can make no sense, and can be extremely frustrating to follow.

Let us now find out what these rules are, so that you don’t end up crossing any invisible borders and ruining a potentially wonderful dating relationship.

 

1. Gentlemen first – (Interesting #1 Among Unwritten Dating Rules)

Contrary to everything else in life where it’s always “ladies first”, in dating, it’s the men who have to make the first move.

They must, because they are expected to.

This is the perfect nightmare for shy guys who can’t even strike up a normal conversation without stumbling over his own words.

This rule is longstanding and pretty much applies globally.

Thankfully, the dynamics of dating are gradually shifting, and therefore the lines of this rule are gradually starting to blur.

 

2. Third time’s the charm

This rule probably exists to protect the dignity of girls in the yesteryear.

These days however, the mindset around having sex on the first date has changed greatly.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with jumping into bed with your date the first time you go out together.

However, by the third date you at least know that the person is interested enough in you to spend 3 dates with you.

By modern standards, that is a great deal of time.

It also allows enough time for their brains to feel something for you other than lust.

Allowing time for an emotional connection to develop is quite important in ensuring that your relationship lasts beyond that single date in which you passionately made love.

 

3. Don’t text them for the first day – (Frequently Mistaken #4 Among Dating Rules)

Yeah, we all get it, this is about playing hard to get.

This rule exists to prevent people from spamming their dates with overzealous texts which might backfire and turn out to be completely off-putting instead.

However, not texting can be more easily interpreted as not being interested.

A more reasonable variation of this rule would be to limit the amount of texts you send before your date replies.

Send ONE text, and wait for a reply before sending another.

 

4. He forks up the cash, but she has to pretend to

So, women want equality, but men must pay on dates. What kind of logic is this?

In a date where you enjoy each other’s company, does it really matter who pays?

If you’re going to see each other again anyway next time, why not take turns instead of making the date look so transactional?

The way this rule goes, men should always pay for the first date, but women must pretend to pull out their wallets and make an offer, which the man politely turns down.

How silly, but one of the basics of the dating game.

 

5. Don’t be too quick to exchange social media information

If you’re someone who has nothing to hide and has a clean dating slate, you might think that there’s nothing wrong with doing this, in fact you’d love to spend all your time till the next date stalking them on social media. Right?

Sadly, that isn’t true. Other than making you seem overly eager to get to know them, this rule exists for your protection as well.

What happens if the first date goes downhill after the exchange of information?

Well, nothing, except that it’s awkward having this person on all of your social media platforms.

 

6. Don’t talk about the exes – (Crucial #3 Among Dating Rules)

It’s a rule of thumb in dating that you shouldn’t bring up your exes when conversing with a new love.

This prevents you from dwelling just a little too long on the topic and giving the impression that you’re not fully over your ex yet.

Even though it might be unintentional, it’ll leave a bitter taste in your date’s mouth.

 

7. You cannot ask them “So, what is our relationship now?” – (Important #2 Among Dating Rules)

This is the silliest, and possibly destructive rule for relationships.

This rule applies to both parties, which means that technically no one knows for sure what is the relationship between the two of you right now.

The idea is to prevent your date from running away due to cold feet after you bring up this question.

Are you dating exclusively? Are you just FWBs? Or are you just…friends?

It can be incredibly frustrating and irritating to be stuck in this scenario.

You don’t want to force the other person into a relationship, you don’t know how they feel about you, and you aren’t allowed to ask.

The worst of both worlds, yet this rule still holds for some reason.

 

8. Don’t accept last minute dates

The rationale of this rule is that accepting dates which were proposed at the last minute makes you seem like you have nothing better to do.

This also encourages the other person to see you as a back-up plan, and they will not value dates with you because they’re so easy to get.

None of these are positive outlooks to have imposed on yourself, thus the reason why this rule remains after centuries of dating.

 

9. Your besties are key decision makers

It’s kind of a funny rule – I mean, different people have different tastes, so why should someone’s best friend help them decide who makes a good life partner for them?

I mean, this rule kind of makes sense that your friends are generally able to tell when you’re dating someone who’s bad news, because they can better see past the rose-colored glasses you’ve got on.

However, it makes it kind of unfair when your friends are prejudiced against a certain demographic, and makes decisions against your date because of that reason.

At the end of the day, who you date is your choice, but remember that this rule exists for most other people, so make sure their friends like you, too.

 

10. Ghosting is a d*ck move

With the increase in popularity of online dating, many people probably wish that this rule were more popular.

This rule is probably applied more when you’re dating someone you know from acquaintances or friends.

Ghosting them will leave an awkward situation between the people involved.

However, it’s become a pretty popular move in online dating where ghosting doesn’t seem to have consequences whatsoever.

 

Concluding Insights on Dating Rules

The unwritten rules of dating all have their reasons for existing.

Some may have become obsolete in recent years, but most of them still hold true.

Even if it seems like nonsensical banter to you, keep in mind that there are other people who date by these rules.

Just in case you date one of those people, it’s a good precaution to remember these the next time you go on a date.

Good luck!

 


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