Times have changed, and so have the rules regarding the biggest game of your life!
The biggest secret of this world is that each one of us wants to love and be loved. Dating in a relationship is important because it allows you to get to know the person you are in a relationship with, while having a good time. Dating helps to reveal any potential problems you may have if you pursue a more serious relationship with a person, and it sets the foundation for long term relationship. The "old maid" stigma is long gone. Some couples are opting to have families, live together and share a life without tying the knot. Marriage is a beautiful thing, but a long-term, satisfying relationship equals happiness, and is a perfect fit for many. Dating is also healthy as it releases some happy hormones such as endorphins. So let us see the eight new rules of dating in this modern world.
Rule 1: No More Waiting Game
It's done. Dead. Over! Yes, no more waiting "three days" after a date to contact your new love interest. As the dating rule book certainly isn't law, don't wait three days to call her/him -- just do it. If you had an amazing first date, text your date the very next day and let him/her know how you feel about.
Rule 2: He asks, She pays
The one traditional dating "do" that still stands is the general belief that men are supposed to make the first move and pay on dates. However, as per an Elle/MSNBC dating survey, 57% of women would offer to pick up the check on a date. The best win-win situation in this scenario is to split the check. Therefore, in modern era of dating world, gender roles are negotiable. Sometimes the lady wants to pay for a night out and sometimes it's the other way around. This means our old fashioned dating rules have become a little more flexible nowadays, and that is a wonderful thing. Embrace it!
#Rule 3: Ensure Every Date Is Fun
Not only does trying to make your date happy makes you feel good, but it is also one of the first signs of attraction. Studies have shown that when taking someone out on a date, the primary factor that will determine the success of the event is how much fun it was. The couples who go on adventurous trips, camping, snorkeling or visiting theme parks together experience much more fun than couples who doesn't go anywhere.
#Rule 4: Your Past Is Always Present
Prepare to be Googled. Your dates are digging for your past before they even shake hands. If you were arrested 20 years ago at a protest, be prepared to talk about it. If your jazz group has a review in the local paper, your date may be humming one of your tunes. If your past is less than savory, be prepared to explain.
#Rule 5: 40 Is the New 30
It's not just Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore who look amazing and decades younger than they actually are. We are all living longer these days, and in many cases, aging a lot more gracefully. Maybe it's time to reconsider widening your dating age parameters.
#Rule 6: Do Not Ignore Red Flags
While it's important to give your date a fair shot, it's also important to NOT ignore glaring signs of incompatibility, misaligned value systems or rambunctious behaviors. If you're uncomfortable around someone, pay attention to the red flags. Don't force yourself to stay in a bad situation, or to say yes to a date that you know, without a doubt, can lead nowhere. So wait for your Mr. / Miss Right.
#Rule 7: The World Is Smaller Than Ever
Thanks to the technology, the world has become a smaller place. Through Skype, Hangout, Yahoo Messenger, Face time etc., you can even manage long distance relationship and can enjoy your virtual dates.
Moreover, marriage does not give the license to kill dating. You must plan a romantic date with your soulmate once a week whether it is cooking a gourmet meal or dining out at new restaurant. You can also go on a long-drive to the beach and catching a sunset or strolling hand in hand in the park, around a lake or pond and feeding ducks. Therefore, you should never think that if you are married, you should not go on date; but, you should always go on a date to know your better half better.
#Rule 8: End It Well
Most dating relationships end either in marriage/live-in relationships or with people going their separate ways -- that's the dating adventure. Make it your goal to end it well. Cherish the relationship for what it is, respect the person you're with, and if it's not meant to be, walk away from the relationship having given it your best and with no regrets.
To sum up, it is the same advice your mom gave you on the first day of school: Be yourself. Present yourself authentically, laugh at the things you find funny, share your personal viewpoints on topics, wear your favorite geeky sweater and give your date an opportunity to get to know the real you.
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