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Rules for relationships and dating

Modern dating has little to nothing to do with the old fashioned movies where guys buy flowers on the first date, ask you out via phone, and introduce themselves to your parents like perfect gentlemen.

However, while there’s a lot more flexibility in the romance world these days, there are still certain rules that need to be followed.

When you know more about him, he can pick you up and drop you off at home, but don’t invite him in just yet—even if he pleads that he urgently has to use your bathroom.

Our friend fell for that ploy on a first date, and when she offered her hand as he was leaving, he suddenly French-kissed her, slobbering all over her face. DON’T behave like a kid in a candy store full of online temptations.

Getting wasted on the first couple of dates is still a major no-no.

There are very few things that are as bad a red flag as seeing your date get totally pickled on the first date.

If you’re too bitter, too angry, or just still grieving over something, don’t go out on a date.

Seriously, it’s not doing anyone any favors, and it’s just going to make you look bad.

You don’t have to reply to initial messages if you’re not interested. It’s not traditionally polite, but at least it will cut stuff short fast. Otherwise, people think you’re fake, married, or on the lam. While you’re at it, it’s important to remember that overly sexy pictures will not work out in your favor if you’re looking for an LTR.

While most men on the Internet are just as normal as you are, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter ringing your doorbell, even if he’s carrying a box of Godiva chocolates. DO take things slowly, though the chemistry may be magnetic.

Arrange to meet him in a public place for the first couple of dates.

Expect to split the bill, but accept if the other party offers to pay for the whole thing.

Sadly, the days in which guys were expected to pay the entire date are over.

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