· A new study quizzed 1,500 Brits on the do's and don'ts of dating
· It looked at various customs including kissing, texting and sex
· The survey was commissioned by TLC's new dating show, Undressed
After how many dates would you kiss someone, send them a Facebook friend request or spend the night with them?
According to a new study exploring the dos and don'ts of dating, you shouldn't lock lips until the second date or connect on Facebook until at least the third. And don't even dream of jumping into bed with them before the fourth rendezvous.
The research, commissioned by TLC’s new dating show Undressed, also suggests that men should be the first text after a successful date and women should respond within a quarter of an hour if keen. Half of the 1,500 Brits quizzed in the study said it was important for their potential love interest to make contact first - which means the other half of daters will be left disappointed.
It seems that 'playing it cool' isn't in vogue anymore either. A third of respondents said they would text back within a quarter of an hour, with only five percent saying they’d wait as long as two hours.
Just 23 per cent of people think that texting back straight away is a sign of being 'too keen' with the majority of Brits saying they are happy to get right back in contact with a love interest.
However, when it comes to communicating online it becomes even stickier territory.
On average, the survey recommends that it's best to wait until some point between the third and fourth dates before sending a Facebook friend request or following a beau on Twitter.
Jo Hemmings, behavioral Psychologist for TLC’s Undressed, says that dating has become increasingly difficult in the technological era, with people having to 'carefully orchestrate' what they want to say.
She continued: 'The advance of smartphones has made dating both easier, and more difficult.
'There are countless apps to help people find dates, but the conundrum of how soon to follow someone on social media or get in contact opens up a new layer of pitfalls.
'Our parents may have had nothing more complicated to worry about than when to ring a date up on the landline, but these days there are dozens of methods of communication that all have to be carefully orchestrated.'
Half of the survey participants said they'd looked up a potential date online before meeting in person, to get a feel for their personality and see more pictures - and 15 per cent revealed they’d cancelled a date after seeing something on social media they didn’t like.
When actually on the date, there are countless faux pas to avoid - the worst of the lot being talking about an ex too much, followed by poor personal hygiene.
One in ten said they would cancel a date with someone if they talked about themselves too much in messages.
The reasons for going cold after a date range from the banal to the bizarre, with one respondent admitting that they couldn’t stop staring at a date’s mole, and another saying simply, ‘They punched my cat.’
There are countless apps to help people find dates, but the conundrum of how soon to follow someone on social media or get in contact opens up a new layer of pitfalls
Although the study shows that three is the magic number when it comes to the number of dates needed before an overnight stay, one in ten said they need more than ten meetings to get to that point.
Clare Laycock, head of channels at TLC & Investigation Discovery, said she hopes the survey results will help singletons successfully navigate the dating scene.
In Undressed, which airs on Friday at 10pm, couples strip to their underwear on their first meeting and jump into bed.
The aim is to 'remove all the barriers by putting daters in the situation of accelerated intimacy'.
The singletons in search of their soulmate then spend 30 minutes together facing a supersized screen which poses probing questions such as 'have you ever had your heart broken?' and 'are you a good kisser?'
The participants can demonstrate the latter if they feel attracted to their date, or do other tasks set for them, such as giving a massage, to rapidly get to know one another.
At the end of the date the couples face a final awkward moment where they must reveal if they want to see their bed partner again.
A giant 'yes' or 'no' is then flashed on the screen in front of them so any rejection can't be shied away from.
The show has already been a success in Italy where some contestants have been keen to embrace their date and share a passionate kiss.
Ms Laycock said TLC is delighted to be bringing the show to UK audiences this summer.
'I'm incredibly proud to bring Undressed to TLC. It's a brave and beautiful new dating format that explores whether it is possible to fall in love with a complete stranger.
'Behind the provocative headline, at its heart are funny, adorable and sometimes awkward connections. TLC's mission is to give the nation a boost – this show promises to do just that.'
Mark Procter, acting head of factual entertainment, Discovery Networks International added: 'A dark room. A bed. A screen. Singleton strangers that undress each other on a first date.
'It's a gloriously simple format but an irresistibly watchable show.'
Undressed airs on Fridays from 15 July, 10pm on TLC.