Rules for relationships and dating

"Dating can be very emotional," says Sherrie Schneider, co-author of The Rules series of dating advice books.

"Women can operate with their heart instead of their head." Following dating rules help you set and maintain your own standards and make sure you don't allow your emotions to overrule your common sense.

In sex, just like sports, it pays to play by the rules. In football, o„fficials moved the restraining line from the 30-yard line to the 35, with the intention of increasing touchbacks. Using eye-tracking technology, scientists from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction found that women are actually more likely to have wandering eyes than men.

And in basketball, o„fficials dumped the no-dunk rule after fans complained that it made play less exciting. Women not only spent less time looking at a man’s face (when compared with men looking at women); they also moved more quickly onto his other body parts. “So take in her breasts or legs, but don’t dwell on them.” And make the most of your assets, too.

Smartphones can make your romantic life a little easier and a lot more fun. This may not be a brand "new rule," but it is important enough that it made the cut.

Your friends know that you are an upstanding citizen, but a first impression by a stranger could lead to some wrong assumptions.

"So, if you're not sure what title to bestow upon him, remove all awkwardness—and wordiness—and stick with his name.

"Always waiting for the guy to initiate contact is annoying to most men," says Harold, 35.

What worked for your parents may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for future generations.

“So if a gorgeous woman is on the hunt for a date and you can respond quickly, you might strike it lucky with a woman who’s actually way out of your league.” [pagebreak] OLD: Talking Dirty. ● Talking dirty had one major advantage over sexting—you got to see her response.

“Whisper in a woman’s ear that you’d love to see her naked and she’ll probably either sti‹ffen and move away slightly, or giggle and blush,” Kerner says.

If you decide to show off the pics from a wild night on your Facebook page, remember that your potential dates might have access!

Or at least be very aware of what you share online - especially in the social media arena.

Well, now it’s time to dump some obsolete dating rules, too..you want to win. “Wear well-fitting shirts, and don’t be shy about using your jeans to show off whatever nature gave you.” OLD: Online dating. ● Online dating made it easy to cast a wide dating net.

Play by these new rules and you’ll score again and again. Trouble is, you’d end up hooking a lot of fish you had no appetite for.

We're not going to sugarcoat it: A new relationship is all sorts of tricky. —uttering those three all-important words: "I love you." So, we asked some of our favorite relationship experts to share their tips for navigating the first few months."Unless you've introduced a label maker into your love life, ambiguity may still linger over where you and the man fall in the relationship caste system," says Colleen Barrett, Tres Sugar associate editor.

Then the stresses of meeting his friends, dividing your time and—dare we say it?

Popular online dating website e Harmony urges daters to remember to be charming when meeting in person, as this has an incredibly positive impact on face-to-face interactions. Not fidgeting with your phone during a date, giving full attention to the other person, and being nice to your server will leave a lasting impression on your date and will help make you both feel more at ease.

Speaking of texting, if you don't do it, you might want to learn ... Especially if you are returning to the dating scene after a long haitus. Avoiding any "inebriated" tweeting is also highly recommended!

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