Proper dating etiquette for men

In a culture of instant gratification, habitual laziness (when compared to previous generations), and increased gender equality (don’t get us wrong, this is an amazing thing!

but one that may have made men believe that manners are no longer needed if a woman can take care of herself), the importance of etiquette has fallen by the wayside in the 21st century.

Further, if you have someone with you or are introducing two acquaintances, make sure that you know: Washing and maintaining a neat appearance was once considered a privilege of the upper class.

In the late 1800’s, books on hygiene and etiquette became more accessible for the middle and lower classes, and subsequently the masses sought out to increase hygienic practices in an effort to gain approval and upper class-status.

Society simply doesn’t teach etiquette like it used to.

How is any man supposed to know what to do when our only references are TV shows and outdated advice from our grandfathers?

However, it seems as if the concepts of manners and etiquette are a dying breed in this day and age–a sort of arbitrary construct characteristic of generations past.

Note: this rule extends to the elderly and anyone that’s close enough behind you that could benefit from a door being held open, as well as women. If you get one or two evil glares from a woman that doesn’t appreciate the move, just hold the door open anyway, smile, and carry on with your day.

Sadly, many men today associate manners with negative opinions–stiff, too old-fashioned, contrived, awkward, the list goes on.

You may have tried in vain to hold a door open for a woman only to be met with a blunt “I can do it myself, thanks.” It’s hard these days to bridge the fine line between genuine politeness and coming across as an ostentatious freak.

We are constantly making conscious and subconscious judgments of others.

A true gentleman knows how to master the steps involved with making a good impression. ), a polite and clear introduction of yourself, and a tasteful ensemble do a good impression make.

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