Singles of any age can sometimes find it difficult to articulate what it is they want in a partner.
Luckily, when you’ve reached the age where you’ve had a bit more experience, you don’t have much trouble deciding what you don’t want.
In this modern landscape of romance, there are more people multi-dating than ever.
If you have been seeing a special someone for a few months and are assuming that they are only seeing you - it is a really good idea to check.
Dating in 2017 will be nothing like dating in 1997 or even 2012.
Although couples still occasionally meet through mutual friends or at the bar, online and smartphone-based interactions are increasingly the norm.
Because many over-40s have been married and divorced, they have become more discerning and less likely to settle.
In a recent Woman's Hour programme on first date etiquette, spaghetti, oysters and lobster were just some of the foods described as deal breakers.
Men were suspicious of women who ordered salad ("heavy interaction might take place with the fridge later on") or displayed overt greed ("if she flies at the food, she might fly at other things").
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. Avoiding any "inebriated" tweeting is also highly recommended!
Smartphones can make your romantic life a little easier and a lot more fun. This may not be a brand "new rule," but it is important enough that it made the cut.
Avoid shirtless selfies and photos taken from above (the My Space angle) at all costs, and have a friend check out the end product to determine whether it showcases you in your best light.