17 Ridiculous Dating Etiquette Rules from the 1950s

Here’s a look back at some dos and don’ts that show why spending a Saturday night with your sweetheart during the ’50s was the cat’s meow.

Making the first move

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Apparently, guys were supposed to ask out girls—only “floozies” ask guys out on a date first.

Respond quickly

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When someone asks you out, you’re supposed to give an immediate answer to be polite. With today’s online dating, not responding could mean you’re ghosting someone. Not sure what that means? Get refreshed on 10 online dating terms you need to know.

No excuses

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Never break a date without providing a valid reason. Not interested in meeting up with someone? You’re going to have to come up with something better than having to pet sit for your friend.

Be on time

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Women should never be late to a date. When dates arrive, you should be ready to go. That was a rule decades ago, but here are the top 30 deal breakers for men today.

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