It’s 2019 and, like it or not, many rules have changed or disappeared entirely. That also includes the dating rules. It may be due in part to the technology we have access to and the fact that people feel like their ideas have evolved and want to change a thing or two.
Things like Love making or who should take the first step are no longer taboo but topics of daily conversation. This is why so-called “new age singles” have a hard time adjusting and figuring out how to put their hand on the one they like. To make your job easier, we have put together this article that might shed some light on the new dating rules that rule the modern world today.
Read carefully and put it into practice!
Traditional Dating Rules vs. Modern Dating Rules – What’s Changed?
The easiest answer to this question would be that a lot has changed over the years when it comes to dating. Today, dating has little to do with the old days when men brought flowers or talked to parents and asked permission to date a girl. This does not mean that there are not men who still do this, but it is definitely much less common than it was a while ago. Those traditional dating rules included long phone conversations, daylight meetings, fancy outfits, and that nostalgic feeling of shyness and butterflies in the stomach.
Modern dating rules are a bit different. Ask any young man and they will tell you the same thing. Romance has gotten a lot looser these days. There are no strict suggestions on how a man or woman should behave on a date and there is no one to tell you how you should act on your date with a potential partner. However, even for a young person, these new dating rules can be difficult to control. Now you can do things that your parents have told you that you don’t necessarily have to do. At the end of the day, it’s all a question of traditionalism versus modernism. Who will win? It remains to be seen. This is what you should do now!
Dating Rules For Women 2019
1. You can also see other men
You know how a while ago it was frowned upon for a girl to date more than one guy at the same time, right? No, we are not talking about cheating on your boyfriend, but about that dating stage where you are still carefully balancing your options. For example, take the famous dating app called Tinder. Let’s say you just had a good date with a guy, but you come home to find other couples who seem interesting. Who says you can’t meet them too?
This is a very important thing to know, especially for women. No one will look bad if you continue to test your options and look for the best potential partner available. Why keep seeing a guy you don’t necessarily have a connection with? Get out there and find the best match! Girls who know exactly what they want are very attractive!
2. You can also pay the date
The times when the guy was expected to pick up the check after a date are long gone. Now if you feel like it, nothing prevents you from doing it yourself. Unless the guy insists that he wants to pay, you can tell him that the next date is yours. This is a flirty way of telling him that you want to see him a second time too. Still, it would be a good gesture if he at least offered to pay. Some rules may be dead, but chivalry is not.
For those who really want to know who should pay for the appointment, read this related article: Who should pay for the dates: You, me, or Go Dutch later to get a better idea!
3. Don’t wait for him to make the first move!
Just do a little research or ask your friends and they will definitely offer you clear examples of lasting relationships in which the girl made the first move. By taking the first step, you have the certainty that you want to get to know this guy better and you are also offering him a sense of security. Still, once the first step is taken, let it move as well. Don’t do everything yourself! If he doesn’t, leave him alone. It may not be what you wanted anyway.
4. Tackle any topic you want
Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with your date. After all, this is how you know them! Yes, it was once advised to avoid going into too much detail about your life on a first date. It was also not recommended to talk about topics such as politics, economics or other similar topics. Fortunately, times have changed and now you are definitely encouraged to talk about whatever you want as long as you are polite.
Keep things interesting and it really depends on what stage of dating you are in to broach a touchy subject, but avoid doing it on the first date unless you are sure the two of you are getting along instantly.
Dating Rules For Men 2019
5. Text him whenever you feel like it!
Never forget that we are in an age where everything seems to be done remotely. So if it was considered inappropriate until now to keep calling or texting someone after a date, don’t be afraid to! Keep them in check, see what they’ve been up to, and schedule a second, third, or fourth appointment. The girl will definitely realize that you really liked him.
6. Speed dating is an opportunity!
No, it is no longer considered rude to invite someone immediately after meeting or talking to them on an app. Girls should not see themselves as second options, but as desired as soon as possible. So guys, don’t be afraid to ask her out after a few hours of conversation. It may all end very well.
7. Hookups after one night stands
One-night stands are no longer just that. Today, they have become the spark for a possible serious relationship. Guys should no longer avoid talking to someone they’ve recently had a one-night stand with. Who knows what could happen if you get close? Try it, at least once.
8. Netflix and chill can be a very good date
Who says watching Netflix together while having some popcorn is not the ideal date? Gone are the days when the first date had to take place in a fancy restaurant, dressed smartly and behaving in a very rigid manner. Being natural and being yourself is what people want today. So if you can be like that while watching the new episode of “Game of Thrones,” why not do it?
9. Beware of stalking on social media
Ok, there is nothing wrong with stalking your date’s Facebook and Instagram profiles just to find out more about them. You can also do this simply because you really like them and are curious about their photos, friends, passions, and pets. However, don’t cross the border and it gets creepy. Don’t like random old photos or talk about certain things that you shouldn’t know about unless you’ve been stalking her. Don’t be that guy, please!
All in all, these modern dating rules seem to have nothing in common with the traditional ones we know from our parents and grandparents. But who says that is a bad thing? Yes, there are still things girls and boys need to do to make a good first impression. However, certain strict rules have been left behind and this only goes to show how the norms of our society have changed in recent decades. It also shows how people have evolved and come to know their rights, what they like, what they don’t like, and are not afraid to say it out loud. We say it is a very good thing. So what’s your take on modern dating? It is a new year, so try new ideas and perhaps you will find the ideal partner.