There's a hilarious scene in the movie Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks's character contemplates getting back into the dating game and wonders if the rules have changed. If that describes you, back in the saddle again after a hiatus, divorce or widowhood, know that yes, the rules have changed-and for the better. Old credos, like waiting a certain number of dates before having sex or insisting that the guy should always pick up the bill, may be officially outmoded, but they still linger in many people's minds. Why? "Because one of these rules might have worked in one situation with one person," says Gary Lewandowski, Jr., PhD, associate social science professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey-which by no means makes it something that everyone should live by. Read on for eight dating rules ripe for the breaking.
1. Don't have sex on the first date, but be prepared to jump into bed on the third.
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