Dating Etiquette

If you’ve been out of the dating scene for a while, it can be confusing and a little scary if you’re not sure what is now the done thing. Here are a few comments that might answer some of your questions about present day dating etiquette.

  • Both men and women take endless trouble over their dress and grooming these days. It’s friendly and flattering to remark favourably on your date’s appearance when you meet: but keep your comments low-key and not too personal in the early stages, at least. By all means admire her shoes, for example, but refrain from saying what great legs she has.
  • The way you treat other people, such as waiters and taxi drivers, speaks more about your personality and character than any attention you lavish on your date. While a snooty or demanding attitude may mask nervousness or insecurity, it’s still rudeness.
  • Keep your eyes and hands off your cell phone. It’s only for a little while and the world isn’t going to come to an end just because you didn’t respond to an email or text message instantly. Constantly checking your phone – or worse, making or taking calls and text messages – is worse than impolite.

The bottom line is: when it comes to dating, good manners never go out of fashion, and when you’re in doubt, simply be considerate of your date’s feelings.

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