For those of you who think dating is a numbers or a swiping game, it goes much deeper and more personal that. We’re talking about love, big time. How to find it, how to nurture it, and how to keep it.
Dating, especially online dating or using mobile dating apps, continues to grow in popularity, but what happens when you’ve had three of four dates with someone, have had a heavy making out session, or have even gotten more intimate physically, but something just doesn’t click?
Or, what happens when you realize that you have more chemistry with your ex and playing the field didn’t work out the way you had hoped?
In these cases, rather than do a disappearing act and ghost someone, I’m here with some valuable dating advice and to tell you to pick up your big boy pants or put on your shiny lipstick and tell the person you’ve been dating the truth, instead of fading away and ignoring calls and texts. After all, you were in a relationship, regardless of how you defined it.
How the convo should go when you’re not feeling it
Your Date: I’d love to get together again this weekend. How’s Saturday night?
You: I don’t think that will work.
Your Date: What about Friday or Sunday?
You: This weekend’s not good. Let’s hop on a phone call, sound good?
Your Date: Sure…
Phone Call (after just a few dates) or In Person (If you’re been dating for a while)
You: I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and have had fun texting you, but I just don’t think we have enough in common for a long term relationship, and I know that’s what you’re looking for. You deserve that with someone. I just don’t think it’s me.
Your Date: We’re just getting to know each other. We can continue to take the time to spend time together, to see where it goes. There’s no rush.
You: I think you’re terrific. I just don’t think we’re a fit and it’s best that we move on to meet others that we are both more compatible with.
Your Date: We can still date casually, right? I mean, I really like you.
You: I really like you too, but I don’t think we’re a fit. I see myself in a future with someone I’m more compatible with. We both deserve to find someone that we’re both excited about and I wish you the best in your search.
Now, you’re probably wondering why you should go through the agony of having this conversation, when it’s easier to just “unmatch” with him or her and go MIA? But everyone deserves to know why the person they were tongue kissing with has had a change of heart.
Don’t turn your soon to be ex date into a stalker, over-texter, or obsessive person looking for an answer. Closure is important and healthy for both of you, so you can move on and find someone that wouldn’t result in having this chat.
Don’t stalk your ex’s social media pages, as it will be harder for you to move on.
Love takes time and if you’re not feeling it after a few dates, it’s fine to say you’d like to be friends, but most people don’t really mean it. It’s a sugar coated excuse for a breakup, something everyone deserves with dignity when you don’t ride into the sunset together.
Compatibility, chemistry, compassion, communication and closure are my five C’s for finding love in digital age.
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Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may swipe or roam. xo
Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She was an early adopter of Internet dating and has been coaching singles on finding love online for over 20 years with her Irresistible Profiles dating services. Julie’s the author of the bestseller, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online and was the recipient of the 2017 Best Dating Coach of the Year Award.
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