Dating 'rules' you need to break
Never kiss on a first date
This is a rule you can definitely break! Let your feelings dictate if you kiss him at the end of the night or not. If you had a really great time and you’re feeling it, go for it!
The guy always pays
This is traditionally true for a first date—if a guy asks you to hang and it’s clearly a date it’s lame if he doesn’t follow through and handle the check. But be real: Neither of you is rolling in cash, so most guys can’t afford to always pick up the movie tickets. So plan a few dates yourself and tell him “My treat!”
Don't double text
Sending a double text is a huge no-no if you’re waiting for a response from him, but if it’s a quick follow-up thought or you have something else to add to the sentence, that’s totally fine! Just don’t do it too often.
If your friend crushed on him, you can't
While serious exes are majorly off-limits, your girls can’t have dibs on every guy they’ve ever flirted with—so just talk it through with her! Say, “How would you feel if I hung out with James this weekend?”
Let her know that your friendship comes first. If she’s cool with it, he’s all yours! But if you’re sensing weirdness, move on—no guy is worth losing a good friend over.
Don't approach him—he'll approach you
This rule is super old-school. There’s no reason you shouldn’t approach a cute guy you’ve been eyeing. Plus, there’s nothing sexier to a guy than confidence! Walk up to him and introduce yourself—simple, but bold.
Wait an hour before responding
This is true for the very first time your crush texts you, but after that you don't need to always follow this rule. Especially if you two are making plans, constantly waiting around for a message can get annoying!
You don’t need to respond the second you get his text (you’ll look like you don’t have better things to be doing), but no need to wait an entire hour every time.
Play hard to get
Guys get nervous about making a move, so they want a sign that you like them before pursing you. Giving him the cold shoulder will do nothing but push him away!
Simply touching his arm as you’re talking or giving him a flirty, lingering glance as you part ways for fifth period is enough to show him that you’re into him as more than just a friend.
You need to hang 24/7
Spend every free second together and you’ll fizzle out faster than you can say “Facebook official.” Have confidence that he’s with you because he really likes you, and that if you both go out with your own friends on Saturday night, it’s all good.
In fact, missing you a little will probably make him appreciate you more! And doing your own thing will give you fresh convo topics.
Don't date your coworker
Even though it would make things a little awkward if it doesn’t work out, sometimes dating someone you work with is okay, especially if you really like each other. To make it work, just don’t gush—or vent—to your coworkers.
Wait 3 days after a date to text
You don’t want to text him five minutes after the date is over, but there’s definitely no reason to wait a whole three days! Once you’re ready, try texting him, “Thanks for dinner! It was super fun.”