17 Ridiculous Dating Etiquette Rules from the 1950s

Here’s a look back at some dos and don’ts that show why spending a Saturday night with your sweetheart during the ’50s was the cat’s meow.

Making the first move

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Apparently, guys were supposed to ask out girls—only “floozies” ask guys out on a date first.

Respond quickly

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When someone asks you out, you’re supposed to give an immediate answer to be polite. With today’s online dating, not responding could mean you’re ghosting someone—which is still considered rude. Here’s more marriage advice from the 1950s that still applies today.

No excuses

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Never break a date without providing a valid reason. Not interested in meeting up with someone? You’re going to have to come up with something better than needing to wash your hair.

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