Rules of the dating game for women
It’s really hard to play a game if you don’t know the rules.
It’s even harder if no one is playing by the same rules.
According to Schneider, it's particularly important to allow men the ability to pursue you in this modern age of technology. Once a guy knows you're interested by initiating conversation, it kind of throws the whole chase off." Schneider cautions women to not be so accessible.
"If I can reach you on Facebook, can text you or tweet you - there's no mystery. It's just instant hook-ups and contact and everything's last minute," says Schneider. "Women are texting guys in the middle of the night, back and forth for hours, and they're not getting dates.
And this, I think, is one of the greatest difficulties of dating today.
Setting ground rules for your own dating life will keep your emotions in check, and may even increase your chances of finding a suitable partner.
This follows the "game" rule that to get a hot babe, an "HB," you have to cut her down.
Make her feel bad about herself and insecure, so that when you come back with a semi-compliment, she'll be relieved that even though she has bad hair or bad nails or is a bit overweight, a man still wants her.
If following rules while playing the dating game seems stifling to you, instead consider the rules to be a protective measure.
"Dating can be very emotional," says Sherrie Schneider, co-author of The Rules series of dating advice books.