20 Old-Fashioned Dating Habits We Need to Bring Back

Old Fashioned Dating Habits

Are You an Old-Fashioned Dater?

Occasionally, the term “old-fashioned” is used to describe a lifestyle that is outdated, tedious, uncool and unnecessary. But when it comes to dating habits, I would say the term should stand for confidence, manners and respect! Here are the 20 old-fashioned dating habits we need to bring back. Check them out and see if you agree.

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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: 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 4: Walk Them to Their Door

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.

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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: 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!

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.

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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.

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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.

12 thoughts on “20 Old-Fashioned Dating Habits We Need to Bring Back

  1. Seren ext. 5445Psychic Seren, Ext 5445

    Bless you, Eric, for posting this incredible article!!

    For the most part, these are precisely the guidelines I taught my daughter when she became old enough to date and still recommend to my clients on an almost daily basis!! And I have to admit that I am still a bit astounded every time I hear that sex is expected by the third date. It is highly unlikely that we can get to know someone well enough after only meeting 3 times to determine that this person is someone you want to give so much of yourself to.

    Introducing sex too soon into a budding relationship also alters the dynamic and, oftentimes, prevents a real foundation of compatibility from developing… the focus shifts away from the “really getting to know each other as people” to the sexual aspects of the connection.

    The only item I would alter is #19 and even then only slightly. As Dawn M so eloquently stated, the entire purpose of dating is to get to know people and to determine whether or not a connection is a fit. This takes time and I agree with Dawn that limiting one’s options too soon is not a wise move; I would recommend a few weeks of dating someone before focusing exclusively on that person.

    Thank you again and kudos to you for such an honest and common sense approach to the often nonsensical world of dating.

    Brightest blessings,
    Seren, Ext 5445

  2. Sirelle

    Thank you for a great article! So often we forget what efforts we put into our dating and relationships in the beginning. How can you have this again, or something like it, after 35 years together? Times have changed, we dressed differently (or we weren’t allowed out of the house), we were considerate and thoughtful and we did all of the things you mentioned in your article. Blessings!

  3. Kimiko S

    I’m so glad to see this list of Dating rules. I’m especially pleased to see it was written by a man.

    All Men could benefit from these rules. It shows politeness, civility and respect….something that I feel is truly missing in our dating culture these days. Show these rules to the 20 somethings and the teenagers too. Even we middle aged folks could benefit…altho we might have to skip habit number 16 (haha). Thank you!


    REALLY??????????? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  5. Kathy

    I’ve always said the best way to find a good husband is to date someone that respects you, shows he cares and is honest with his feelings. This generation has no idea how to date properly, it’s all about sex and the girls are so easy it’s no wonder they are stuck with babies an no husband. Cheap was never in…Self respect will always be in..

  6. Dawn M.

    Agree with all but #19. Really good article. But old-fashioned dating, back in the day, you didn’t even remotely date only one person at a time. That was the whole purpose of dating. Things moved S L O W E R back then. Two dates with two different gentleman in one week wasn’t unheard of or unusual.That was the point of dating. Getting to know someone. And I’m talking something casual, like dinner, where they would get to learn about one another. Talk.THEN see if you want to go on another date with them. If you follow the advice of #19, after ONE date you’re in a committed relationship. Makes no sense, limits your options. The rest of the article is AWESOME.

  7. j.

    I couldn’t agree more! #7 wasn’t customary in my circles, but I think it’s a nice gesture just the same.

    I see far too many couples in restaurants, never speaking, both on their cell phones. Not my idea of a date!

  8. Will FreemanJr

    Thx u for showing us the new wy of meeting peoples this is all new 2 me very hard find that lady of ur life faith trust all every 1 looking for these days I’m 55 Y/O Blk Man from Texas i try the internet got taking for have so much 2 give but never in return i tell about my self kids what I’m doing now still have some say they want 2 meet but never do so can u give me some more tips on dating on the web/sites or others wys meeting some 1 special i try zoosk mate1 .com AVI web/sites still looking I leave it 2 Our Fathers they know best thx u again be bless keep u[! the good wrk be bless…..

  9. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    LOVED this article, Eric !!!!!

    Fantastic advice !!!!

    Chivalry is not dead after all.

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500


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