Many television shows can portray dating as exciting and fun, but more often than not it can be stressful and frustrating, especially when you learn just how many "rules" there are. Despite what you may have been told though, Bustle says that there are some dating rules that you don't really need to follow.

  • The Three Day Rule of not getting back to someone after a first date can be forgotten about now that we all live on our phones. If you had a good night, text them and tell them that the next day! If you want to go out again, call them and let them know!
  • Sticking to gender stereotypes when it comes to dating is definitely something that you and your date should re-evaluate. Whoever asks who on the date should be the one to pay is a better rule than "the man should always pay". Sometimes there is no man going on the date at all!
  • "You should have sex on the third date" is sometimes a good standard because at that point you know the person pretty well, but have sex whenever you want! First date, third date, seventh date, the wedding night, it doesn't matter as long as you're both ready and consenting to it.

Dating rules can be tough because depending on who you ask, some rules may not apply at all. See how your date goes, and play things by ear. You'll know when to apply certain rules and when to just go with the flow.

(via Bustle)