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Rules of dating?

(29 Posts)

Eg. Do I text him or always wait for him to text me? Am I suppose to make him chase me?

He's lovely tbh. He messaged me again this morning just to say hello. I'm going to stick to rules and take it very very slow.

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Sun 27-Oct-13 17:56:41

So Clementine hows it going?

raspberriesareforever Sun 27-Oct-13 16:42:28

Bant sounds like a keeper. Very wise advice from a man. What site is he on? :D

Bant Sun 27-Oct-13 15:54:38

Nah I disagree. If I've been on a date and really like the woman a lot, then I'll still wait a day to call/text and ask for a second date. That's not game playing, it's because I've seen enough friends say 'he was nice and all but just too over keen'

You don't know someone after a first date. You've spent an hour or two with them on their best behaviour. If you completely open up then people may take advantage. I like to be honest but not lay myself bare (metaphorically) until three or four dates when you can see whether someone is consistent or not. The second, third, fourth date is when you see whether they're rude to waiters, have red flags galore, that kind of thing

So no photos of my kids on a first date, no appearing over keen afterwards. When I trust them, that's when I can tell them how keen I was. Before then I'm just friendly and polite

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 27-Oct-13 15:54:01

If someone pretends to be less needy than they are it's not a problem. Just gets them past those first few nervous dates and gives them chance to get to know the other person a bit better. The trouble with 'needy' and other heart on sleeve behaviour is that it makes someone very vulnerable very quickly. So not only unattractive but also putting them in the path of exploitation.

MadeMan Sun 27-Oct-13 15:44:35

Yeah surely if someone pretends to not be needy but really is, then they'll get found out at some later point.

Some people might like needy to make themselves feel wanted/loved whatever. Others might prefer a partner that is more distant or independent.

Be who you are, do what you normally do and if the person doesn't like it then tough titty; they'll have to find somebody else.

HisLommel Sun 27-Oct-13 14:05:57

God how complicated! Surely the key is just to be yourself? No point pretending not to be needy if you are someone who needs a fair amount of attention. If someone doesn't take an interest in you being yourself then you've probably done yourself a favour!

cjel Sun 27-Oct-13 14:03:18

OK, So now i know all the rules - where do I find a man?

ALittleStranger Sun 27-Oct-13 13:47:39

The dating thread rules above are very, very wise.

I think also remember that if you're asking yourself "is he keen" then chances are he's not. Ignore those who say to give someone a "second chance" for bad behaviour like vanishing etc. Most people are awful at being straight and saying they're not interested so will just try and shake someone off instead. Giving them a "second chance" is flogging a dead horse. I think you need to feel that you would be persued if you made him, but you're far too sorted to go about following The Rules etc.

SarahBumBarer Sun 27-Oct-13 12:07:29

I gave my private email address (hotmail) to my boss the other day as I could not access work emails. When I replied to her email a link automatically came up to her FB page. It could be something simple like that.

My new mantra will be I am the prize

Ok so is this weird. He only knows me by my maiden name but I'm still under my old married name on fb. He managed to find me and send me a friend request. I'm not big on technical stuff and very selective with who I add on fb. Does that mean he actually went searching for me? I like him but i want to keep him at arms length for the mo.

something2say Sun 27-Oct-13 08:49:49

i think not chasing is still relevant.....

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Sun 27-Oct-13 08:28:47

The rules from the dating thread are great to remember....(mainly for online dating)

1. Develop a thick skin;
2. Do not invest emotionally too soon;
3. It's all BS until it actually happens;
4. Trust your gut instinct;
5. People vanishing, lying and being generally weird to you are not your fault
6. You are the prize - they should be trying to impress you
7. If it's not fun, stop
8. loo update is mandatory

The biggest thing to remember is YOU ARE THE PRIZE! I think.

I agree with text ping pong, I generally don't send another message until reply received (the exception being if arrangements need to be made/clarified).

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 26-Oct-13 23:34:15

Have you tried actual insults? The 'stickiest' ones are the ones I'm really quite rude to. (Although they could just be a bit thick and not get it)

brokenhearted55a Sat 26-Oct-13 22:47:55

Cog I do all if the things you do too but I get disinterested guys who dump me. sad

*would

I wod buy your book, cog! smile

I replied to him this morning so I'll definitely leave it now. I think I'm going to just go to bed so I don't get tempted.

Walkacrossthesand Sat 26-Oct-13 22:17:01

Text/email 'ping pong' is fine - ie take turns to message, if he doesn't reply to a mail/message then you don't message him again until he does. But if he texted you this morning, I imagine he's hoping for a reply! Don't 'play it so cool' that you freeze him out grin

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 26-Oct-13 22:16:49

Cog's guide to appearing un-needy (book deal pending) smile
- Wait several minutes after receiving a text before sending one back.
- Let calls go to voice-mail a few times rather than picking up straight away
- Have to check your diary rather than automatically leaping at the next date suggestion.
- Disagree with your date from time to time

Not game playing... just letting your gentlemen callers know that you have a) friends, b) opinions, c) a life and d) better things to do than sit by a phone all day. (FWIW I do all of the above and have difficulty shaking the buggers off.. )

HandragsAndGladbags Sat 26-Oct-13 22:15:05

Have you text him back from this morning? If not then do, if you did I would leave until tomorrow personally

Ok, so I definately don't text him tonight? I heard from him last this morning.

HandragsAndGladbags Sat 26-Oct-13 22:08:20

Sending a text tomorrow evening, say, asking if they had a nice weekend - perfectly okay.

Texting them every morning "just to say hi" I would say is full on

HandragsAndGladbags Sat 26-Oct-13 22:07:16

I decided that with DH when we first met I absolutely wouldn't contact him first for one month, as I had felt I was chasing with other dates.

I carefully implemented my plan.

He didn't notice grin

Make of that what you will.

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