It's 2012. Time have changed, and it’s time to throw out the old rules of dating as well.
According to eHarmony, that’s exactly what single people are doing. In the spirit of the Olympic games (everybody’s getting into it), the online dating site conducted a survey of men and women to uncover the truth behind dating games, and some of the old standards are being thrown out the window.
The new rules of dating:
Don’t wait three days to call. Oh thank God. The stupid “3 Day Rule” is no longer a thing. Nearly three quarters of both men and women said waiting that long to return a phone call is “ridiculous.” Rightfully so.
Do your research. Almost half of singles admit to Googling their dates before meeting up. Because preparation is half the battle. Or something like that.
Know that two can play that game. Playing hard to get, which in Ye Olden Dating Times was known as a woman’s move, has gone gender neutral. Now, 44% of men say they play hard to get as well.
Start saying things like “Are your feet tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.” Evidently, 44% of women actually like pickup lines! Who are these women? To each her own, but unless it starts with “Hey girl” and is actually said by Ryan Gosling, I’m not falling for it.
Stop texting already. Over 75% of men and women prefer a phone conversation to a text message. Give your fingers a break.
No fakers allowed. Not, not that kind of faking (although don’t do that either), but an overwhelming majority (89% of women and 77% of men) agree that inventing a busy schedule is so over. Those people would agree to go on a date with same-day notice if they were available, rather than pretending they’re sooo booked this week.