It’s the new year girls, and with that, comes the new handbook for everything - including dating. Before you pursue a cutie, it’s important to know the rules of the game. Here are 17 essential rules for dating in 2017! Get ready for a fabulous year, girls.
1. Be blunt
Don’t beat around the bush. Be clear about what you want and what you don’t. It could be anything, the cuisine you like, things you do, your habits or your interests.
2. Don’t give away too much too soon
Don’t be in a rush to explain everything about yourself. Leave some room for him to explore things about you!
3. It’s better to know the harsh truth
Whether he’s still in a relationship, or he recently broke up with his long-term girlfriend. You should know if he’s in it for fun or for the long haul.
4. Have your own social life
Don’t always tag along with his friends. Make plans to go out with your besties instead! It’s both okay and necessary!
5. Stop caring about what people think
You hooked up with a guy last night but your friends don’t see it like you do. It’s alright. Learn to accept that there is a difference of opinion, and don’t beat yourself up about it!
6. Listen to your gut
Meet him a couple of times before you decide if you’re actually serious about the guy. Your opinion is the only one that counts.
7. Don’t judge him before you meet him
Do you hate the number of acronyms and emoticons he uses? Well, wait till you meet him before you make the final call.
8. Don’t expect something from him that you can’t do
It’s all about equality, girls. So don’t expect him to do things for you that you can’t do for him.
9. Have deep conversations
You don’t need to keep flirting! Talk about the things you both like. It could be ideas, beliefs or even a common interest. Spend some time having some real conversations with him.
10. Discover fun things to do together
It could be playing a game of chess, solving crossword puzzles or going out to your fave restaurant. When you discover mutual interests, dates become more fun!
11. Split the bill
It shows you’re confident, strong and can take care of yourself.
12. Be punctual
The term ‘fashionably late’ belongs in 2016. Don’t keep him waiting for an hour before showing up! Being on time is not just a good habit but also super attractive.
13. Don’t go all the way on the first date
Unless, of course you found... gold! *Wink*
14. Yes, you can be friends on social media
It’s completely fair to add him on Facebook or follow him on Instagram after you guys have met!
15. Leave the past in the past
You may casually tell him about your past, but you don’t need to delve into the details. Trust us, that almost never ends well.
16. Plan experimental dates
You don’t always have to be at a ‘cafe’. You can go watch a play together or even go to an adventure park. How fun would that be?
17. And yes, you can text him first
Because if you feel what you feel, you don’t have to confuse him. Don’t wait to hit ‘send’! GIFs: Giphy, Tumblr