Astrid Hall writing in the METRO says “forget a bunch of flowers and a first kiss, the etiquette of modern dating is a minefield”
Finding love online has strict rules, such as a three hour window between initial messages and not making a friend request until wight days of chatting by other means.
After ten days of fancying someone on social media, it is acceptable to “slide into their DMs”
It then takes a week of online messaging before it’s OK to arrange a date.
A quick google search is allowed, with a third of Brits having been on a date with someone who looked nothing like their profile. But while on that date, it’s bad form to have your phone on the table during a date and you must expect to split the bill….a phenomenon still alien within the African culture.
A kiss by date three is acceptable with things progressing to another level bu the fifth night out. However, move on swiftly if your potential partner sends you picture of their genitalia.
Once love has started to blossom, posting pictures is acceptable after nine dates and you’re also allowed to update your status to “In a relationship”27 days later.
The research was commissioned by MTV ahead of the launch of the new dating site AF. Dating expert annabelle Knight said “The rules seem more complicated than ever. It is no longer about first kiss but direct messages, profile pictures and social media”