'How Soon To Send A Facebook Request' And Other Modern Dating Questions Answered

Thank God for surveys...

A new study into the grey areas of modern dating  has found that it is best to wait until 'between the third and fourth dates' before sending the old FB request, or hitting them up on the 'gram.

The study - for 'new naked dating show Undressed' - quizzed 1500 people and found that even if you do get past the first date, too many kisses on a text, sending a premature Facebook friend request or taking too long to text back all mean you're likely to be struck off. 

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Another labyrinth of confusion is when to get in touch post-date. The survey found that men should be the ones to first send a text after a meeting, and women should respond within 15 minutes if eager. Half of respondents say that they want their potential love interest to make the first contact – which sounds like a recipe for 50% of people being very disappointed.

Other findings were more obvious. Half of us say we've looked up a potential date online and 15% say they've cancelled a date after seeing something on social media they didn't like. (Probably those pictures of people in vests hugging baby tigers.)

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Jo Hemmings, Behavioural Psychologist said: "The advance of smartphones has made dating both easier, and more difficult. There are countless apps to help people find dates, but the conundrum of how soon to follow someone on social media or get in contact opens up a new layer of pitfalls."

Our favourite reason one participant gave for breaking up with someone? "They punched my cat." At least you shouldn't struggle to get that one right.