Southern dating rules
”Perhaps, it’s time to re-teach dating etiquette in the hopes that a few young guys and girls can reject the ambiguity of current dating trends in favor of a straightforward and respectful approach – one that takes place in real life and not just on the Internet.1. She’d give them a short dating etiquette lesson that ended with her abruptly hanging up the phone.(Of course, this was back when girls had to actually call the “house phone” – a word I have had to teach my sons).At the end of the night guys need to walk their date back to the door, and if you’re young enough to have a curfew, then make sure your date arrives home early or on time.There is no better way to make your date’s parents question your integrity than by breaking their rules9.Social media and cell phones have killed traditional dating and the etiquette that went with it.What was once a black and white process has somehow seeped into the gray– where guys and girls text or message back and forth on social media for weeks on end before the guy finally gets up the courage to text the girl he likes to ask her if she will go out with him.It’s not that your date is incapable of doing these things for herself. There is nothing more off-putting than seeing your date trying to entertain himself/herself or stay connected to everyone (except for your) while on a date.
He will not appreciate your gesture, and it may even offend him.6. Guys should open car doors (and all other doors) and pull their date’s chair away from the table. When the guy does what he “should,” say thank you – thank you for inviting me, thank you for opening the door, thank you for dinner.7. Don’t act bored or disinterested (even if you are).
If you want to get to know someone better then say that, and if you just want to go out “as friends” then make that clear too.
Dating just for fun is great for high school kids, but not so great for those 20 and 30 somethings who are ready to get married, so just keep your intentions clear and you can avoid all the awkwardness and ambiguity of “hanging out.”3. Guys should always go to the door to pick up their date, preferably with flowers in hand.
If a girl isn’t interested in a second date, she should let the guy know. Above all, treat your date with kindness and respect, and be honest about how you feel.
Girls, make sure you don’t lead a guy on because you don’t want to hurt his feelings. You’ll find that these three virtues will go a long way when it comes to dating.