Love

Sex on the first date?

Despite what Blake Lively and controversial dating bible The Rules has to say, new research suggests that sleeping with someone on the first date isn’t really that bad after all.

By Julia Naughton
Kissing

Despite what Blake Lively and controversial dating bible The Rules has to say, new research suggests that sleeping with someone on the first date isn't really that bad after all.

Many relationship experts have proclaimed the 1996 man-manual out of date and instead believe that casual sex can easily turn into something longer lasting.

A love study was recently conducted at the University of Iowa and shows that "a significant percentage of current relationships began with non-romantic sex." Anthony Paik, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Sociology agrees with the stats, saying: "People now view hooking up as a predictable, normal part of life and don't let it contaminate or poison the beginning of a relationship."

Another one of The Rules rules is 'Don't live with a man (or leave things in his apartment)' - and guess what? This just isn't the case for modern-day lovers. According to the US National Center of Health Statistics, playing house in your love shack doesn't necessarily signal the end, with millions of couples living to tell the tale.

Do you play by The Rules? Read them here and then tell us if love blossomed for you after a casual hook-up...