This was posted on a UK forum I’m on and gave me pause for thought. After talking to an old flame earlier and deciding to get together sometime but making no definate plans I started thinking about the "dating" I hear about it all the time. On TV mainly but also from plenty of other sources including the old P&P... But it seems to me to be some sort of made-up game that only happens on Match.com and in Rom' Com's. Especially these supposed rules about who pays, how many dates before you can have sex, should you walk her home, when to kiss her etc etc etc. In the real world (mine anyway) it seems people meet in innocuous places in there everyday life, if they hit it off, they have a drink and a laugh then if it's good some sex.... After that meet again or go your seperate ways? I have never met anyone who has done the whole Sex and the City style dating game? Does it just happen in that there London or something? Or is it more for the middle aged folk? The closest I have ever got to a specific 'date' was after I gave a tasty neighbour a lift to work she later came to my house and asked if a fancied coming for a drink - then - beer, laughing, sex, relationship. I really do believe that you 'know' within a few minutes of meeting someone if it's going to go anywere, so what are the multiple 'dates' for? I'm not having a dig or trying to get approval her but was just wondering... Do people out there do the whole "Dating" Game? To my mind this rings true. The only time I’ve dated someone was when I didn’t have a better offer on the table. All my serious relationships have just started off with hitting it off with someone in an everyday location, going for a drink and then just progressing from there. Is it mainly a US thing? Just curious I guess.