Today is your lucky day. You just scored the digits of your second hottest prospect on OKCupid and you're ready to start scheduling actual dates. But don't start tapping away at that touchscreen just yet. Don't you know there are rules to this sort of thing? I mean, you wouldn't simply text someone you like and want to see again, would you? You might come off as desperate or clingy or, worse, like you're actually interested.
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On the other hand, it has completely changed the course of dating forever, and not for the better. When I was in middle school if you liked someone you had to pick up your landline phone, call their home number, and speak to their mom to ask if they were even available. This took balls! Yes, guys had to have serious balls to actually speak to the girl they liked, which meant they had to have skin in the game. Today, overuse of texting with little phone or real life conversation has made it too easy to back out or keep feelings superficial.
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One of the biggest concerns when dating someone is whether you are communicating enough for the relationship to develop. There is no right or wrong answer regarding how much contact a couple should have when they are in the early stages of dating. Some couples find that talking for hours every day brought them closer together, while others find that respecting each other's time and space is what worked for them. Taking an individual approach and considering the other person's personality will help you find how much communication is appropriate for both of you. Personality is a determining factor in how much communication to expect when you are first dating.
So, when you finally realise you actually, kinda, want to see someone again, knowing what to do next can be confusing af. It's really easy when you're having great sex and a giant laugh, to fall into the routine of spending every waking hour with that person. But how healthy is that, really? While I've always been a firm believer in just doing what feels right, and going with it as long as you're happy, some people reckon that's probably a bad idea Psychiatrist and author Scott Carroll says there is a rule as to how often you should hang out with someone new you're dating that you'd be wise to follow.