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Learn Proper Dating Etiquette Techniques

Jun 23, 2008
The world of dating is extremely complex, with unwritten rules and regulations that one must follow if they are to appear mature and likable. Over the decades, dating has evolved incredibly quickly and transformed from something very formal and innocent in to an activity that is participated in at a moment's notice.

Back at the turn of the twentieth century, parents of the female would often sit in on a date, as a man would only ask to go on a date with a woman if he was intent on marrying her. Nowadays, both the man and woman would feel awkward if either parents were present. The way dating functions currently is how people think it will work forever, but there is no telling what changes could happen in years to come.

When it comes to age, many people, specifically parents, disagree on how old someone should be to have their first date. Some kids go on their foremost outing as early as ten years old (yes, it is hard to believe). The primary reason parents forbid their children from dating is because they want to protect them, either from growing up too fast or getting hurt in some way.

Parents may be willing to let their children out of the nest early if they show signs of advanced maturity, but even that is usually not enough. America is notoriously overprotective, from sex, drugs, and violence. People forget that only four hundred years ago, citizens were having babies of their own at thirteen or younger. Human psychology and behavior has not changed since then, although the environment we grow up in has.

On the other end of the spectrum, dating when you are older (forty or higher) can be just as daunting as when you first start out. Sure, by then you know how to date and what to do, but the process is complicated by new factors such as your career and children. It is more difficult to set a date that fits both parties schedules. Utilizing certain dating methods, however, drastically simplifies the process for courting couples over forty.

Just meeting someone who is over forty can seem hard enough, let alone figuring out where and when to go on a date. Most people, by this age, are already married, which cuts out a large portion of potential candidates. Being that the divorce rate is at a record high, there are a lot of previously married folk to choose from. Instead of trying your luck in the real world, the virtual world may be more suitable in a situation like this.

Online dating has become a phenomenon, and is much more accepted and used than it was when the concept first originated. Special websites allow you to read profiles and view photos of likely prospects, and if you find someone you like, you can send them a message or initiate a chatting session. Chatting online is a good way to break the ice before going on a real date. Online dating websites are especially ideal for older people, and there are even some companies that focus solely on the over forty demographic.

If you decide to take the online dating route, make sure to join a membership site. The money is worth it, because the financial requirement weeds out most of the deceivers and scammers of the online world. Some still make it through the filter, though, so be careful with your personal information.
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