If you're flowing with it and cool, we've got a winner.

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Even in the age of rampant shacking up, couples who lived together before marriage were more likely to divorce, but the research has changed.

A study done at Bowling Green State University found that couples who lived together before marriage stayed married for as long as those who didn't move in together before saying "I do." Sociology professor and study coauthor Wendy Manning, Ph. "Couples who have plans for marriage at the time they move in together usually end up being more successful," she says.

Delaying sex gives you time to figure out if you're both looking for the same type of relationship before you wind up physically entangled.

But it's your brain—and not a seemingly arbitrary date number—that's the best guide.

And in a time of ever-changing social mores and social media, romance is more confusing than ever ("Is it weird if I tweet at him? WH spoke with psychologists, scientists, and dating experts to give you a truly modern love manual. Unless, of course, you're looking for a sugar daddy and don't care about having an egalitarian relationship.

OK, that's a bit dramatic, but point is, you want to set the tone that you're an equal partner—and contributing financially does that, says Chiara Atik, an expert with online dating and relationship site How About

That means the boy-meets-girl dating rules you learned from your mom and have been vaguely following since you were a teen need to be updated.

Today, the average age of a woman's first marriage is 27 (compared with 20 in 1960).

I don't want to pick up a saved video game: I'm here to start new." —Orlando O."I always appreciate the offer to split the check, even though I never allow it.

If we end up grabbing drinks later and a woman insists on paying, I really like that a lot.

Whether it's someone you're meeting online or it's someone your friends know, aim to drop the things you know about them and start fresh.