Pick-up lines are in and waiting three days to follow up after a date is out: The new relationship rules revealed

Pick-up lines are in and waiting three days to follow up after a date is out: The new relationship rules revealed

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19:24 GMT, 26 July 2012

The writers of cult Nineties dating guide The Rules would have us believe that one should wait three days to follow up after a date. But according to a new survey, that advice is now outdated.

Online dating site eHarmony found that 73per cent of women and 71per cent of men branded the traditional idea 'ridiculous'.

The research, conducted in honour of the London Olympics, saw 20,12 of its U.S. users polled about dating etiquette.

Pick-up lines are in

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Also at odds with The Rules guidelines is the notion that one must feign popularity when asked on a last-minute date.

Instead, an overwhelming 89per cent of men and 77per cent of women would go on a same-day date if they were available.

The hard-to-get gameplan is not completely outmoded though. In fact, it is not just women who are at it: 41per cent of men admit to playing it cool.

Over half of both sexes admitted to searching a potential date's name on Google or Facebook before meeting them.

And contrary to popular belief, 44per cent of women admitted to liking the cheesy pick-up line approach.

Texting though, the mainstay of the reluctant Romeo, appears to be on the way out.

Over 75per cent of respondents said that they would prefer a phone call instead of a text.

Jeannie Assimos, managing editor of the eHarmony Advice Blog says the change in attitude is a simply a symptom of a more digitally-aware generation.

'We are in an age where everyone is online, connected to their phones and used to getting an immediate response so some of the previous dating rules just no longer apply,' she told MailOnline.

'However these stats show us that even though men and women no longer want to wait to hear from their dates, it doesn’t mean that people are more impatient.

'Over 75per cent of singles still want to talk on the phone rather than send a quick text. We think that's a good thing!'

The Dating Games 2012

Dating games: The research, conducted in honour of the London Olympics, saw 20,12 of eHarmony's U.S. users polled about dating etiquette