Bad news bears, singles: released the results of a survey that shows the dating rules and habits have changed. But even though the playing field has become a bit of uncharted territory, some traditional dating do's and dont's still apply."It's important for singles to know that the dating rules have changed," says Whitney Casey, Relationship Expert for Her rationale for these dating rules may seem obvious, but many people tend to forget in the heat of the moment."You might find that you don't even like the person," Allen tells Web MD.Whereas older singles are more cautious when it comes to dating in the digital era."That said, here are the eight dating habits — new and old — that every single person needs to know about.
"Every woman and man should know their boundaries before they start dating, and most of us don't," says Cheryl Mc Clary, Ph D, JD, professor of women's health at University of North Carolina-Asheville."I say definitely use condoms, even if you're in a committed relationship," she adds.Concern about STDs and unwanted pregnancies can help create sexual boundaries, believes Mc Clary.So, too, does an up-front conversation about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)."The risks of STDS have got to be discussed and prevented from spreading," Allen tells Web MD."Think about your sexual boundaries before you've had that first drink," Mc Clary advises.Once you've decided what you want out of a date, say experts, you should make it part of your regular dating rules to tell your partner."If you just want a one-night stand, you owe it to your partner to tell them 'it's just sex I'm after,'" Mc Clary tells Web MD.While a dating partner may not welcome this news, it at least can minimize later disappointments.If, for instance, you're on the fence about whether or not to take sexual activity to the next level, a healthy dose of fear may cause you to pause, particularly if you're not prepared to take the necessary precautions.Plus, not having adequately prepared for these practical aspects of sex may signal an overall non-readiness to engage in it.