Dating 101

Ok, so the flirting's progressed to an invitation to go out on a date. Dating sometimes leads into a relationship - and sometimes it doesn't. You can take the pressure off by thinking of it as a fun way of getting to know someone better. Remember that you don't have to commit to anything beyond the first date, whether it's more dates or any kind of sexual activity. And, it's important to communicate clearly (but tactfully) if you don't want to see someone again.

Where should we go? What should we do?

Have you ever had a conversation that's gone like this:

"Would you like to go out this weekend?"
"Yeah I would love to!"
"What would you like to do?"
"Ummm … I don't know. What do you wanna do?"
"Ummm … I don't know."

To avoid this sometimes awkward scene, it's a good idea to have something in mind before you ask someone on a date. The scene of the first date is important - if it's a movie, you may not get much talking done and if it's a café, you may feel the pressure of having to make too much one-on-one conversation with someone you don't know so well.

Blind dates

Some people think of blind dating as an adventure, others would rather eat their own shoe than try it. If you're thinking about blind dating, there are some things to keep in mind. If your date is someone that you don't know, or only know a little, it's best to meet in a public place and take friends along. Make sure you're in charge of your transport options at the end of the date.

Dating 101
Not so straight
Ending relationships
Cheating/two timing
What if my heart gets broken?
Will someone ever love me?
Online romance
Going out with someone older or younger
One night stands and friends with benefits
Etiquette in the new millennium
Sex and the law
The art of the flirt
My parents don’t understand

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