When it comes to love, millennials are a confounding bunch. We're more interested in buying a house than paying for a wedding, and we're rapidly quitting our jobs to travel and see the world with a partner we'll never marry and never divorce. Say, for example, the three-day rule. Popularized by the romcom, the three-day dating rule insists that a person wait three full days before contacting a potential suitor.
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Most of us play mind games. Whether it be taking your time to perfectly craft a text message, playing hard-to-get or refraining from answering the phone right away, we all do it at the beginning stages of dating in an effort to play it cool. Some mind games like, taking a certain amount of time before texting back, are subtle and still preserve a level of communication. However, one in particular takes the cake and it's one in need of reconsidering: the three-day phone call rule. This old-school rule has reigned supreme amongst our earlier generation of men and even despite the advent of texting, continues being practiced. With digital means of communications and other social platforms being accessible to use after the first date, the inevitable phone call has to eventually take place and waiting it out can surely backfire on you. In fact, a survey conducted by Match.
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This week, Dan Ozzi wrote a piece for Nerve magazine explaining how technology has rendered the "three-day rule" obsolete. For anyone not in the know, that rule dictates that you should wait three days before contacting a date, lest they think you're too eager to go out again. We have some sympathy for his predicament. After all, what does it even mean when someone you went on a date with favorites one of your tweets, as one of Ozzi's recent lady friends did?
According to this rule, the age of the younger person should not be less than half the age of the older person plus seven years, so that for example no one older than 65 should be in a relationship with anyone younger than 39 and a half, no one older than 22 should be in a relationship with anyone younger than 18, and no one under 14 years of age should be in a relationship at all From another point of view, the chart can be interpreted as saying that there should not be an age disparity of as much as five years unless the younger person has an age of 19 or more, a ten-year disparity should exist only if the younger person has an age of 24 or more, and a twenty-year disparity should occur only if the younger person has an age of 34 or more. And people only slightly older than 14 should only be involved with those almost exactly the same age as themselves.