Online dating the rules


13-Jun-2016 13:03

The 1996 comedy “Swingers” popularized the idea that cool kids must wait three days to call a date after an encounter.

But such shenanigans are now considered passé, given how we’re all constantly looking at our smartphones.

“When I was on Tinder, you’d match, chat for 45 minutes, and then she’d be like, ‘Let’s go on a date tomorrow,’” Manley says. It saves you time figuring out if this is the right person.” Forget having a one-night stand and never seeing the person again.

With Facebook, Twitter and some minor sleuthing, anyone can be tracked down.

“It’s sort of like the Wild West out there,” says Alex Manley, dating and sex editor at Ask

“If you think you know the rules, some new app will come along and reinvent the rule book.” Here’s how to play the game now.

Now, watching a few episodes of “Westworld” is considered a hot date. “Even if you don’t have sex while you watch, you can finish a show and have something to talk about.” A survey found that millennials are 270 percent more likely than other generations to be turned on if their match watches the same TV show.

Foltz, 29, says it can be tricky, but that gender norms are still at play.“I don’t want to be with someone who’s going to play games and feel weird if I text them to say hello,” Donahue says.Manley agrees, noting that in current times, “Someone you met on a dating app might have gone on three more dates by the time you get back to them three days later.” Forget keeping things chaste until you’re several dates in.Apps such as Tinder have spoiled us for choice and made it OK to be dating multiple people at once.

“Someone can have a fantastic date, but when they get an email [from a dating service] with three other matches,” says Maria Avgitidis, dating coach and founder of Agape Match in Midtown, “fear of missing out takes effect.” But it’s important that everyone is up front about dating other people.“Now we’ve given ourselves permission to talk about these things, so it’s becoming a lot more common for people to [even] talk about their exes,” she says.



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