Smartphones can make your romantic life a little easier and a lot more fun. If you decide to show off the pics from a wild night on your Facebook page, remember that your potential dates might have access! Speaking of texting, if you don't do it, you might want to learn ... Especially if you are returning to the dating scene after a long haitus. Or at least be very aware of what you share online - especially in the social media arena.The ethnicity of who you date is still an important personal preference, but it is less a fundamental of compatibility. Your dates are digging around in your past before they even shake your hand.

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In times past, when manners and social graces were more common, it was assumed you would present a natural charm.

But in the age of Tweets, a phone call makes a man seem like Sir Walter Raleigh.

The days of sitting around and pretending that you don’t really care in the hopes that your disdain will drive your suitor crazy are OVER.

Sometimes the woman wants to pay for a night out -- and sometimes it's the guy who stays home to raise the children. It's not just Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore who look amazing and decades younger than they actually are.

We learn to pick up more quickly on those situations in which our partner is attributing something to us which actually is an issue from their past.

Of course, since we, at the same time, have been doing the same thing to our partner (that is, laying our past on them), we must also inevitably return to our own past.Marriage is a beautiful thing, but a long-term, satisfying relationship equals happiness -- and a perfect fit for many.This may not be a brand "new rule," but it is important enough that it made the cut.Communicate your expectations and hopes and get on the same dating page.In a fast, casual, abbreviated world charm, grace, etiquette and consideration count more than ever.This may be more disturbing than pinning all our unhappiness onto our present partner.