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5 Old Fashioned Dating Customs That Don't Make Sense Today
Written By Matt S.
Image By Sunshine Rabbit
Tags dating, dates, customs,
Although dating is a much different game than it was a generation ago, many old fashioned dating customs are still in use today. The problem is that these customs don't always have the same positive effects as they did in the past, and can even hurt your dating success. No matter how much dating experience you have, you might learn a thing or two from this list.
1. Waiting Three Days Before Calling
You don't have to call her immediately after meeting her, but it doesn't hurt to call her the next day or just two days later. The purpose of the three day rule is to not appear desperate, but the truth is that calling after even three days you can still do plenty to make yourself look desperate. On the flip side, if you call the next day, there's plenty you can do to make yourself not look desperate.
Some important things to do are to call her just to talk and possibly arrange a date. Keep everything casual and have at least a vague idea of what you would like to do on a future date. As long as you keep things casual and not make it seem like you have to see her right away, you won't come off as desperate. In fact, being straight forward early on is definitely a sign of confidence, which will bring you more luck than waiting three days to call her.
2. Buying Flowers And Gifts On A First Date
3. The Dinner Movie Date
Again, the dinner portion of a dinner movie date is fine, it's the movie portion that is the issue. Instead of following dinner with a movie, try something different like taking a walk at a nearby park or visiting an art gallery. Anything that will keep the interaction and conversation going in a meaningful way will allow you and your date to get to know each other better, which is exactly what you want. Only after getting comfortable with a girl and spending more time with her should you take her on a dinner movie date.
4. Paying For Everything
The best approach to take is to offer to pay for the first bill that comes your way. If your date tries to pull out her wallet, tell her she can get the next one. If she makes no effort to pay her fair share, don't worry. She might be doing this just to avoid fighting over the bill. Eventually, she'll offer to pay for something, but if she doesn't, you might have a mooch on your hands. When you're dating a girl, she should be just as excited to see you as you are to see her. If she really wants to see you, she'll eventually pick up the bill.
5. Being Overly Chivalrous
It's still a good idea to be respectful and courteous towards your date, but you don't want to overdo it. By being overly chivalrous, you run the risk of putting your date on a pedestal, which can easily land you in the friend zone. Instead, you should be flirting with your date while keeping an interesting conversation going. Acting rigid and overly chivalrous can create barriers between you and your date which won't help either of you.Learn More About Dating »
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