Being single and dating nowadays is monumentally different than it was not too long ago. Not only has Facebook and texting changed the whole dynamic of meeting (and analyzing) new potential love interests, but the rising popularity of dating websites and apps like OkCupid, Match, Tinder and countless others have simultaneously made it easier and harder to find good, date-able people and ultimately experience Dating Success.
Fortunately, these 4 dating survival tips can both improve your dating success as well as bring you more peace of mind as you venture through the dating scene.
1. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
This rule applies to many things in life and it applies just as well to dating. The more opportunities you have, the fewer disappointments you’ll experience if one thing doesn’t work out. So when dating, try to meet with and schedule dates with more than just one person so that you don’t end up putting all your focus on just one person.
2. Find a Single Partner-In-Crime
If you’re in school or are a young professional, you probably have at least one single friend who you can count on who can actually relate to your dating life. However, if you’re a bit later in the game, it’s possible that most of your friend circle is engaged, married, and / or have kids and to be honest, they’re not really going to be much help no matter how much “advice” they have to give you. If this is the case for you, go out and find a single friend who can be your single partner-in-crime. The dating scene is tough as it is, but it’s even tougher when you don’t have someone to talk to who’s in the same stage in life and dating as you are.
3. Always Look Your Best
You will never know when you’ll meet Mr. or Mrs. Right. You could be out casually with friends, at the gym, going to happy hour with co-workers, or out running errands, when your next date mate walks into your life. This doesn’t mean that you should be dressed to the nines everywhere you go, but you need to at least be looking and feeling good at any given time so that you can be ready for whatever opportunity awaits you.
4. Don’t Lose Yourself
Being single can be hard. Even the strongest and most independent people can succumb to loneliness, especially after a heartbreak or one too many bad dates. One of the best dating survival tips to protect yourself from loneliness is to make sure you keep your own happiness a priority. Regardless of what anyone tells you, no one else is truly responsible for your happiness but you; if you keep that in mind while you’re in the dating scene, you’ll have a much greater chance of dating success.