The days of men holding doors open, paying for meals, and generally being jolly good chaps are over it would appear, as woman now view chivalrous acts as "suspicious".

A survey by Socked.co.uk, the "black sock subscription service for the discerning gentlemen", found breakthroughs in sexual equality were coming at the expense of old fashioned manners.

A free meal is no longer the romantic gesture it once was with 82% of women preferring to pay for their own food and 52% happy to pay the entire bill.

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78% of woman would rather stay cold than accept a coat from a man and a massive 89% would rather be left alone to carry their own bags.

Even the most simple of gestures is likely to be rebuffed with only 34% of women expecting doors to be opened for them and a paltry 8% saying they would take a seat from a man.

This figure went down even further in London to 2%.

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Mark Hall, from Socked.co.uk, said: "Men's standards have slipped so far over recent years that any offer of chivalry from a gentleman knocks a woman off their guard and is viewed with outright suspicion.

"Does an offer of goodwill have to be taken the wrong way?

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"If men upped their game across the board good manners would be back on the agenda once again."

Socked.co.uk offer tips for any aspiring gents out there.

Pearls of chivalrous wisdom from their website include:

  • Always treat animals with the same respect you would have for a fellow man
  • If one has a beard, remember to wash and clean it in order to keep it free from dirt, food and small wild animals
  • Staring is psychologically aggressive, be sure not to keep your gaze on someone for no reason for too long

Hall said: "The figures show a drift away from what is viewed as acceptable behaviour.

"But why are we letting this happen? Your offer of an open door might be rejected, but so could the chance of friendship, respect, or a second date."