Most of us feel an immediate sense of dread at the thought of broaching the topic of "what are we? It's terrifying to put yourself out there, especially if you don't know how the guy feels eek! But if you think you're going to have to bite the bullet and have the talk, you're in luck: We've rounded up a few people to tell you exactly how to go about it.
Dating is difficult. Finding someone who is compatible, has some emotional maturity and who can be a life partner you can count on is a struggle. Some of us are old souls and mesh well with those who are a little bit older and wiser.
Does he like me? Am I being too forward? These are some of the questions that go through your minds when that new guy starts to give some attention and you do not want to be a pawn in his games.
Certain things — like late-night texts — can make modern dating exhausting. The act of dating always has probably always has been, and always will be, pretty terrible. But there is something about dating in the era of Tinder, Bumble, and ghosting that makes it feel like, no matter how bad things were before, you definitely have it worse. In a recent Reddit thread, people discussed the modern dating norms they absolutely can't stand — and, if you've been on a dating app recently, chances are pretty good that you'll agree with a lot of them.
For the rest of us, modern dating is a minefield. There are so many rules and games to play it's easy to lose track. You might be "left on read" by someone you really liked, and your mind may spin out of control when you're over-analysing what their last few messages really meant.
Not only that, but there are other things to be mindful of in order to maintain your sanity throughout the dating process. One of my best friends from college recently declared that she was on this very mission. It can be difficult to tell what someone is looking forespecially in the early stages of dating.
Love and sunshine are in the air, and it makes all of us want to get out, be more social, and — if you're single — maybe put yourself out there in a dating scene a lil' harder to find yourself some summer love. But alas: Everyone's favorite aka least favorite astrological plot twist is coming up quick. That's right: Mercury retrograde kicks off Jul.
The early days of dating someone new can be wonderful. Part of that is recognizing if something about them seems off. If, in the first stage of seeing someone, you see too many of these red flags flying instead of fireworks, you might want to look for love elsewhere.
Any new relationship is full of challenges. You're getting to know someone, and there's no telling when something might happen to burst the bubble of your new romance. In general, it's fun learning all there is to know about someone who used to be a stranger.