Don't boast or be self-deprecating

Dating rules

It's just not likely to happen. Respond only if you have seen him in person within the last week. Don't contact a guy first. Most likely, he's bored and is just playing with his phone. Note that this trend isn't specific to men as there are women who display this behavior as well.

Arrange a coffee or drink at a convenient location. With several prospects, start an email exchange. Cosmopolitan says that friends are actually good candidates for a romantic relationship because there is a good chance they have already seen all sides of you. See whether he is consistent, reliable and respectful.

Avoid talking about your or his

Start out by knowing that you are in control of the process. Wait to see if he initiates an email or text.

You should only introduce them to guys with whom you are serious. Avoid talking about your or his problems. If he doesn't, cross him off your list. Some guys send form emails. Instead, they simply keep communicating instead of trying to meet in person.

The only old-fashioned gender rule that still holds true, says the Post, is that men should still pay for the first date. But limit your emails to no more than two or three before suggesting a face-to-face meeting. He's not interested or available.

It's best to lean toward brevity when it comes to talking about why your last relationship ended. Rules regarding which person should do the pursuing and who initiates the first kiss are outdated and unrealistic with today's culture. Don't friend him on Facebook, don't text him first and don't initiate anything. Nobody wants to hear sob stories.

These are false positives because they suggest more intimacy than is real. They're just becoming friends or friends with benefits. Schneider suggests waiting for sexual encounters for as long as possible, and only after you're in a committed relationship.

You should only

The two of you don't share the same goals. They like risk whereas women like security. After you've met, beware of texts that arrive at odd times and are friendly but unaccompanied by a suggestion of a date. The best way to get over a guy is to meet another guy.