Rules of teenage dating
“I have a more masculine energy, so I usually pay on the first date,” she says.
One of the first times Foltz took the initiative and asked a guy out, it went really well. “It ended up being one of the most romantic experiences of my life.” She believes making the first move gave the man a helpful confidence boost.
But such shenanigans are now considered passé, given how we’re all constantly looking at our smartphones.
“[Texting] is a great way to flirt, maybe give them a taste of who you are,” says dating coach Chrisler.
“[But] they’re not a great way to go deep or get to know the person’s personality.” Chris Donahue, a 28-year-old writer from Brooklyn, believes men should still foot the bill, at least on the first date.
“I don’t want to be with someone who’s going to play games and feel weird if I text them to say hello,” Donahue says.
Manley agrees, noting that in current times, “Someone you met on a dating app might have gone on three more dates by the time you get back to them three days later.” Forget keeping things chaste until you’re several dates in.
“Now we’ve given ourselves permission to talk about these things, so it’s becoming a lot more common for people to [even] talk about their exes,” she says.