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Bad news bears, singles: released the results of a survey that shows the dating rules and habits have changed. But even though the playing field has become a bit of uncharted territory, some traditional dating do's and dont's still apply.
"It's important for singles to know that the dating rules have changed," says Whitney Casey, Relationship Expert for
"This study finds that dating behaviors drastically differ between the ages.Younger singles are more likely to friend their date on Facebook, communicate by text after a date, and be evasive about their availability if they're not interested in a second date. Eighty percent of singles agree that you should not have sex on the first date. Forty-eight percent of women like to follow up after a first date within 24 hours where as 68 percent of men like to "play it cool" and extend the follow-up to almost three days after your date.6. In this digital era, there are hundreds of ways to follow up on a date: text, e-mail, instant message, etc. Ah, the social media dilemma that plagues all singles.Whereas older singles are more cautious when it comes to dating in the digital era."That said, here are the eight dating habits — new and old — that every single person needs to know about.1. The one traditional dating "do" that still stands is the general belief men are supposed to make the first move. To decide if you and your date have chemistry, that is. The survey found 52 percent of singles think it's best to politely tell your date if you're not interested, and we agree. Holding out on your date builds mystery, and if your date can get it all in one night, they're less motivated to call back for round two.5. But surprisingly enough the survey found 80 percent of singles prefer to talk over the phone. As far as friend requesting your date goes, 21 percent of young singles say it's OK to request a friend after 2-3 dates while 11 percent of older singles wait until the relationship is exclusive to do so.However, found 41% of women would offer to pick up the check on a first date. If you ask us out for dinner, we might just foot the bill. Thirty-one percent of both men and women agree that 15 minutes of a date is all it takes to decide. Neither party gets anything out of being dishonest, and you never know when you'll run into him or her again later in life. These low percentages mean keep your add-friend trigger finger under control while in the early phase of dating.8. Sometimes your friends get a bad rap when it comes to dating, but 50 percent of men and 35 percent of women will introduce their dates to their friends within the first month of dating, regardless of how old they are.Worried your next date will bail if he's not into you? Don't, because found only 12 percent of singles would actually leave before the night was over.