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Decoding the Dating Dance: Unveiling the Unspoken Rules for Dating

Ah, the mysterious world of dating, where hearts flutter and emotions run wild. As we navigate the intricate dance of courtship, it becomes evident that beneath the surface of romance, unspoken rules guide our interactions. These unspoken guidelines, like invisible threads connecting two people, shape the dynamics and expectations of the dating realm. Whether learned through experience, societal norms, or simply by observing the subtle cues of others, these rules shape our behavior and influence the trajectory of our romantic encounters. In this exploration, we delve into the enigmatic realm of dating etiquette and pose the question: What are the unspoken rules of dating?


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To start, one Redditor commented, “In small talk, don’t reply to a question with a question. Don’t act stupid or ditzy.”

A second Redditor added, “Cut back on purposely awkward humor unless you are confident the person will know what you’re doing and will find it funny.”


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One person wrote, “The campsite rule: Always leave the site/person in a better state than when you arrived.”


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One popular comment said, “Can’t emphasize this but be honest. If not, it’s a web of lies covering more lies. Trust me. You don’t want to be in that scenario.”

A second comment was, “You do not lie. EVER. That shit will find a way back to your significant other. Plus, it’s just wrong.”


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A user commented, “BE ON TIME. Don’t leave your date waiting and getting frustrated. It’s a bad way to start a date.”

A second user added, “Treat your partner as well as (or better than) you’d like/expect to be treated.”

Personal Hygiene

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An interesting comment was, “Do not pop your zits in my truck and wonder why I won’t kiss/ f**** you.”

Active Listening

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A user replied, “No matter what number date you’re on, 1,2,3… PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE and enjoy the company you have.”


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One Redditor replied, “Take Chances. If you sense a good opportunity to kiss them, DO IT!”


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A user replied, “​​Ladies—first date, pull out your wallet and try to pay, AT LEAST. If the man insists, why that’s mighty sweet of him, and THANK HIM. Next time though, you make sure to pay for something. It’s a two-way street.”


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One Redditor commented, “For the love of Jesus, don’t give me a pet name like babe.”


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A popular comment was, “I’m late, but this is an important one – anything you say in confidence to someone you’re dating should be kept IN CONFIDENCE even after you break up.”

Shared Interests

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One Redditor wrote, “Do what is fun for you. Marry the one who finds it fun too.”


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A funny comment was, “Don’t talk about getting engaged, your dream wedding, or how cute your kids would come out.”

Another comment said, “We’re gonna Facebook stalk each other. That’s a given. But for the love of God, DO NOT BRING UP STUFF THAT YOU’VE SEEN IN A FACEBOOK STALK.”

Emotional Support

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One Redditor added, “The harder you try to control the relationship, the more difficult it will be. If you try to hold onto the sand in your hand by tightly gripping it, it will slip through your fingers, yet if you cup it gently, you will hold onto it.”

Balance of Give and Take

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A user wrote, “My father-in-law always says: “Don’t do anything early-on in a relationship that you won’t continue to do for the entire relationship.”


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One Redditor replied, “Don’t mention you never went on a date before.”

A second Redditor said, “I wish a written rule of dating would be if you’re not interested on the first date, kindly tell the person that you think it’s not going to work out instead of dragging him along for a while.”


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A user commented, “Unless you’re a teenager, movie dates as a first date are a bad idea. The purpose of a first date is to get to know the other person. That’s hard to do when you can’t really talk with them for 2 hours of the date.”

Another user added, “Have fun.”

As we wrap up this exploration of the unspoken rules of dating, one thing becomes clear: the realm of romance is a complex and ever-evolving landscape. Redditors have shared valuable insights into the guidelines that govern our dating experiences. From effective communication and respect to honesty and consent, these unspoken rules serve as guiding principles for fostering meaningful connections.

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