Unspoken dating rules

Have you ever stopped yourself from sending a text message because your friend told you it came off as desperate?

Have you ever resisted the urge to sleep with someone because it was only your second date?

Much as we scoff at explicit dating rules — and with good reason — there’s a certain etiquette that comes with meeting new people in a romantic context.

And often, it’s in everyone’s best interest to be aware of these things going into a date.

Much as we would all like to think that a date’s looks don’t matter, they do (to an extent).

Personally, I've never been educated about the rules of relationships.

So following the so-called rules, including listening to my friends when they tell me not to text someone, has not been my forte. Every group of 20-somethings will tell you something different, but from my research, these are the most common rules of dating and sex: You must not date anyone younger than you, or anyone who is “too old” for you.

Everybody “plays games,” whether it’s getting into a power struggle when the check comes or waiting to admit your feelings until the other person does first.4. Whether or not you’re happy being single, the process of dating is stressful and things rarely work out immediately.

As one Redditor put it, it’s more than likely that you’ll encounter at least one of the following situations during the span of your dating life: Falling hard for someone who doesn’t notice you, meeting someone wonderful who you click instantly with who is already taken, having someone lead you on only to use you for sex or attention with no intention of progressing the relationship the way you’d want to, investing in someone only to find out they’re a total asshole, having to reject someone who is a good person because there is no feelings on your part, being cheated on or getting dumped because your [partner] found someone they like better etc.5. Data from OKCupid has shown that a user’s race and the race of the people they are messaging affect the likelihood that he or she will receive a response.

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