Says Schneider, "The way to weed them out is this: are they asking you out? Some guys send form emails." If your conversations seem as though the relationship isn't going anywhere, it's probably time to end the communication.
It's a fine line between being secretive and revealing too much while dating.
"Women can operate with their heart instead of their head." Following dating rules help you set and maintain your own standards and make sure you don't allow your emotions to overrule your common sense.
Gender roles aren't what they used to be, but that doesn't mean that men don't still love the thrill of the hunt. Don't friend him on Facebook, don't text him first and don't initiate anything.
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.
Some men make a habit of contacting several women through online dating profiles, but never ask for an actual date.
Instead, they simply keep communicating instead of trying to meet in person.
It's likely that you have other rules that you want to follow while dating based on your own cultural, spiritual or moral beliefs.
Set your rules and stick with them; this way, you can trust that your emotions won't take over and compel you to make rash decisions that may not be in your best interest.