When you go on a date with someone, it’s best to think of rules more along the lines of respectfulness, values and all those other good traits. It’s often said: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” And by this, it’s assumed you want to be treated with kindness and respect. So it makes sense to be both genuine and considerate towards other people too.
When you go on a date you are in a discovery phase to find out more about each other, and whether someone shares similar goals and values. Part of that process is to talk, listen, be cordial, and take an interest.
Dating rules are built around a basic respect for the other person. If you play games with other people, either they will play games with you or they will avoid you. If you’re direct and up front, then most likely that will be reflected back to you too.
At the end of the day, rules of dating are suggestions or best practices. But think about this: if you turn up late, don’t care about your appearance, don’t call or are insulting, is there any wonder you’re still alone?
There is a certain etiquette to dating which you ignore at your peril. It’s the accumulation of the dating experience of thousands of people over the years. Your attitude and actions say a lot about you so following the dating rules and etiquette is often good advice – it works.