Everything You Need to Know About Dating

Have you played the dating game? Being single can be a fun and exciting time for a lot of people, but at the same time, dating can be a stressful process. Even nowadays, with online dating, datings apps and trying to keep things casual, some might even ask "What is dating?"

What is dating? Whatever you want it to be!

Are you a fan of the old school romances and dinner for two by candlelight? Or do you prefer meeting up at a bar for a drink or two? The good news is that there is no wrong or right way to date. As long as you and your partner are on the same page and communication is kept open, creating a healthy and exciting connection should be possible. Casual dating is a great way to have fun, meet new people and discover more about yourself on the way!

Sex, dating and romance

As we all know from those old-school Hollywood rom-coms, there's a universal rule playbook to sex and dating. Third date's the charm! Right? Wrong! There shouldn't be some expectation for you to get intimate on the third date, in fact, it might happen on the first or even on the sixth or seventh. The point is, when it comes to sex and dating, things can complicated. For that reason, it's important to insist on good communication around important topics like consent, safer sex and what you're into. Getting intimate is a great way to connect with someone – but it's important to make sure you're doing it in a way that's good for you both.

Beyond rom-coms: the reality of dating

While it might feel like some of the cliché's you come across while dating have walked straight out of a movie, the everyday experiences of dating can be totally different. So what are a few things you should keep in mind when hitting the dating  scene?

Safety first

Things have become a little more anonymous now that online dating is popular – which can totally be a good thing. You can meet people you'd never usually come across when hitting the same bars and clubs. However, it's also important to consider safety. Before you go on a date, make sure you've covered a few basics like name and photo – and maybe even share those with a friend before you leave. Next up, avoid meeting up directly at someone's place. Bars or cafés are a great neutral location and if you aren't feeling the vibes, you can leave without having shared private info like your home address.

Safety first - part two

If things do head in the right direction and you end up at your date's place (or they end up at your own), remember to be clear about consent and other important concerns like safe sex. It's okay to change your mind at any time and if you want to leave early or even mid-moment, it's important that both partner feels that they can make this choice at any time.

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