By Lauren Steussy. February 8, 7: Technology and new ideas about sex and gender have dramatically changed the laws of love, from who pays for dinner to how long to wait to call after a date. Apps such as Tinder have spoiled us for choice and made it OK to be dating multiple people at once.
Dating Etiquette: The Call
Dating Tips: How Long Should You Wait to Call?
Post love quotes or your couple photos. Imagine going on a first date. You and your date enjoy each other's company, and although you didn't tell each other this, you're desperate to meet each other again. It's been two days since the first date, and you don't hear a word from the guy.
Golden Rules For Phone Calls
This week, Dan Ozzi wrote a piece for Nerve magazine explaining how technology has rendered the "three-day rule" obsolete. For anyone not in the know, that rule dictates that you should wait three days before contacting a date, lest they think you're too eager to go out again. We have some sympathy for his predicament. After all, what does it even mean when someone you went on a date with favorites one of your tweets, as one of Ozzi's recent lady friends did?
We get it — if you learned the ins-and-outs of dating decades ago, before you got married, getting back into the swing of modern swiping and digital connections presents a steep learning curve. But if your post-divorce goals include meeting a partner to share your life with — a relationship that goes the distance, investing in the new rules of dating should be your next priority. One key area where most men fail to hit the mark is with the phone. While previous generations might have looked forward to and, ahem, waited for a nightly dial to catch up or have meaningful conversations, texting via blue one-liners and many clever emojis is quickly becoming the new normal.