After how many dates would you kiss someone, send them a Facebook friend request or spend the night with them?
According to a new study exploring the dos and don’ts of dating, you shouldn’t lock lips until the second date or connect on Facebook until at least the third. And don’t even dream of jumping into bed with them before the fourth rendezvous.
The research, commissioned by TLC’s new dating show Undressed, also suggests that men should be the first text after a successful date and women should respond within a quarter of an hour if keen.
When it comes to messaging, a maximum of two kisses is all that is required as an end note.
Any more might be too ’over the top’, while any less could apparently come across as ‘cold’. A definite no-no is waiting for the other person to text first.
Half of the 1,500 Brits quizzed in the study said it was important for their potential love interest to make contact first - which means the other half of daters will be left disappointed.
It seems that ’playing it cool’ isn’t in vogue anymore either. A third of respondents said they would text back within a quarter of an hour, with only five percent saying they’d wait as long as two hours.
Just 23 percent of people think that texting back straight away is a sign of being ’too keen’ with the majority of Brits saying they are happy to get right back in contact with a love interest.
However, when it comes to communicating online it becomes even stickier territory.
On average, the survey recommends that it’s best to wait until some point between the third and fourth dates before sending a Facebook friend request or following a beau on Twitter.
RULES OF DATING
Send first text message: After one date
Go for first kiss: After two dates
Send Facebook friend request: After three dates
Spend the night: After four dates
Allow your partner to undress you: After five dates
Introduce partner to friends: After five dates