Three-date rule

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The Three-Date Rule is a dating rule of thumb which states that the third date is a milestone in determining whether a woman or man will consent to sexual intimacy.

The Blink-182 song "Wendy Clear" talks about the three date rule being stale (by the 90's).

A columnist at claims there is no 3-date rule for people over 50.[1]

An anonymous poll carried out by among 5,237 singles suggests that in general there is no such rule, judging from the answers to the question, "How many dates does it take before you become intimate?"[1]

  • One: 12.74%
  • Two: 24.94%
  • Three: 21.48%
  • Four or more: 34.18%
  • Only after marriage: 6.66%