Most of us are too young to know about old-fashioned dating habits. But if you’ve seen old movies, then you know men used to call a lady to ask her on a date several days before. Then come date night, he’d show up all dressed up at her door with a bouquet of flowers, and take her to the movies. What if old-fashioned dating habits came back in style? Here are the 20 old-fashioned dating habits we need to bring back. Check them out and see if you agree.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 1: Ask for a Date
Using words like “hook up” or “get together” is so casual and aloof. Is it a date? Is it just getting together or is it a hookup? If you are romantically attracted to someone and want to spend time with them, call it a date!
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 2: Be on Time
Being on time to your date is a sign of respect and shows that you are enthusiastic about spending time with them. If you’re going to be late, call and let them know.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 3: Double Date
Research suggests that we feel closer to a partner when we have the opportunity to show them off to the friends we care most about. So if you’re ready to introduce them to your friends, do it!
At the end of the date, don’t just drop them off at the curb. Park your car, get out and walk them to their door. As long as you don’t expect anything more than a goodbye, there is nothing wrong with ending a date how you should have started it.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 5: Dress Your Best
On a date, you should be the best possible version of yourself. Wear clean clothes and look put-together. Dress up a little, if appropriate.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 6: Put Your Phone Away
Okay, so they didn’t have cell phones in the dating days of yore, but if you have your phone on your date, put it away. And make sure it’s turned off or at least on vibrate!
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 7: Call and Thank Them the Next Day
This isn’t the call to see if they really like you. This is the call to thank them for taking you out or if you took them out, it’s the call to thank them for going out with you.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 8: Don’t Play Games
If you’d like to see them again, let them know. If you weren’t feeling it, be honest. No one like to be strung along.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 9: Pick Them Up at the Door
On Friday nights I hear a lot of horns honking in my neighborhood and I don’t like it. If you’re picking someone up for a date, don’t honk at them to let them know you’re there. Get out of the car, walk up to the door and ring the doorbell.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 10: Hold Hands
Touching your partner in this way makes you feel bonded and close. It also lets everyone around you know you’re proud to be with your date.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 11: Take it Slow
You may be inspired to rip each other’s clothes off on the first date, but don’t. There are a lot of great reasons for not having sex right away.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 12: Apologize When Appropriate
Some people say they’re sorry too often, while others consider it a weakness. The word “sorry” should be reserved (and used) when you’ve legitimately hurt someone’s feelings (and know it).
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 13: Keep the Conversation Light
Don’t get into heavy topics on your date. Religion and politics, for example, are generally off limits. Talk about fun things like movies, music and pop culture.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 14: Limit Your Alcohol Intake
If you’re a drinker, have a drink to relax, but don’t get drunk and sloppy. Excessive alcohol rarely brings out the best in anyone.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 15: Romance
Some women like the bad boys, but a lot of women like gentlemen. Gentlemen treat them better than any bad boy ever could.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 16: Meet the Parents
If they ask you to meet their parents, do it. Obviously their parents are important to them and their opinion of you matters. You don’t want to seem like you’re avoiding then.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 17: Sacrifice a Little
Set yourself apart from the other people they’ve gone out with. On a cold night, offer them your jacket. Choose to walk on the street side of the sidewalk in case a car splashes through a puddle.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 18: Compliment Them
Be sincere with your compliments. If they look nice, tell them. If they smell nice, tell them. Don’t make jokes or pervy comments about their looks.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 19: Date One Person at a Time
If you like the person you’re with, you don’t need to date other people. Give each person a chance, but end things if you know the relationship will go nowhere.
Old-Fashioned Dating Habit 20: Be Curious About Them
Don’t spend the whole time talking about yourself and your accomplishments. You’ll sound egotistical if you do. Instead, be curious about your date. Ask them questions and show you’re interested in who they are.