7 Dating Rules You Should Follow When You Want a Serious Relationship
Today's dating culture differs vastly from even five years ago. In some ways, online dating and social media have leveled the playing field that can sometimes confuse modern dating landscape.
Follow these Dating Rules to create you a road map to reach your destination of a happy, healthy and serious relationship:
1. Make your intentions clear from the beginning
The first rule to follow, do not blindside your date. Discuss what you both want out of the relationship from the start so you are both aware of where you stand. You don't want to be disappointed when you find out they're not on the same page.
2. Hold the sex
These days sex comes first before anything else. While there is nothing wrong with this per say, but sometimes it does complicate things. By delaying sex, you'll get a better sense of whether he or she is in it just for the sex or if they're a potentially good candidate for the long run.
3. Invest in yourself
In order for you to have a serious relationship, it is important to maintain a life that is entirely your own. All too often we enter into a new relationship and become consumed by it. We often stop visiting our friends and we become dependent on our partners.
4. Pay attention whether there is a good balance in the conversation
Always make sure to listen to his or her stories and communicate in a good way. Finding your common interests is important for the both of you to understand each other. Stay upbeat.
5. Take things slow
Not rushing things will allow an authentic relationship to form and ultimately allow you to determine whether or not this person is really right for you.
6. Both should be prepared to pay when the check comes
Regardless of who is going to end up paying for it, it's important that people come prepared with funds to pay or at least do the 'reach for the wallet so the other person can swat it away' and do the 'I insist move' that makes them feel cool and put-together. It is a common courtesy
7. Do not focus on his/her flaws
If you focus on minor flaws instead of your overall connection towards your dating partner, you're never going to get past the first date.