Gone are the days of courting and chivalry, which itself is slowly fading into the past, reserved for a pre-technology/Internet period that none of us seem to remember.
We are in the post-modern dating era, where it’s socially acceptable, albeit rude, to not break up with someone in person, and also where it is quite feasible to maintain a relationship by texting what you feel. Enter: angry emoji’s and cowardly arguments via text.
Dating has changed drastically even during the past ten years, leaving us without proper dating etiquette.
Emily Post would turn over in her grave at the thought of gentleman (what’s that? So, how should we be dating in this messy world of dating apps, texting, and emoji’s?
Here are some steadfast rules to tackling modern dating like a true gentleman, because you need to save this dying breed.
Although lying is as common place as chewing gum, and as old as time itself, don’t lie about anything on your online dating profile.
We have the tendency to fib, in general, and fluff our online dating profiles, but beginning a relationship where lies are already present means it is doomed from the start.
It’s almost guaranteed it will go nowhere, and as they say, the truth always comes out in the end. One of the most memorable and polite things you can do while dating, be it planning the first date or calling them afterward (which we’ll get to later), is using this ancient contraption called a phone — just make sure you use the voice/speaking part of it.Calling instead of texting is the right (and gentlemanly) thing to do.Girls may be put off initially, but women will cherish this. Dating in some weird way, feels ancient, especially with our generation succumbing to what is coined hookup-culture, in which dating exists in the form of hookups and sex, and then maybe if the sex is great, it will eventually turn into a relationship. Getting to know someone is a very scary thing; having sex is the easy part.Break the pattern and go on an actual date (dinner, movies, etc.).This will absolutely make you stand out from the pack and leave a lasting impression. First dates are awkward and sometimes a little alcohol can ease your nerves, but don’t overdo it.It’s not impressive that you can drink like a fish. Unless there is a really important call that you’re waiting for or someone is about to go into labor (hopefully this has nothing directly to do with you), put your phone away. Nothing says rudeness or I’m-just-not-that-into-you like texting other people or answering emails while on a date.