With the internet and dating apps galore, dating in the modern world sure has changed since our grandparents' time. Although there are definitely benefits to this new way of courtship, some positive aspects of dating in the past have become lost, and there are a number of old-fashioned dating rules and traditions we should bring back. Don't get me wrong — all the rigid ways of thinking about relationships and gender roles can stay in the past — but I'll welcome phone calls and exchanging love letters back with open arms.
"People can benefit from old-fashioned dating habits because in the past, dating wasn’t as clinical and impersonal," dating and relationship expert Samantha Daniels tells Bustle. "People actually interacted more directly, had more personal conversations, and got to know each other one-on-one and face-to-face instead of relying on Google, dating app profiles and the internet. Dating and falling in love is the most personal thing in your life, so how you fall in love and how you date should be personal as well."
Although there are some dating traditions that can most definitely stay in the past, there are some we hope stick around. Here are seven old-fashioned dating rules and traditions we should bring back.