Top 4 Dating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
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Dating is something that should be fun and exciting, but many people view it in the wrong way. Later, this can reflect their love life. If you’re not getting the results you want, it may be because you’re making one of these common dating mistakes. In this blog post, we will discuss four of the most common dating mistakes and how you should avoid them. We’ll also provide some helpful tips for finding love!

Dating should not be something you should dread

Dating is not a job interview! You should not be trying to impress your date with how much you know or how successful you are. Instead, focus on being yourself and having fun. If not, you can experience a low dating market value, meaning that you can automatically exclude some of the “better” dating candidates. This is because you can come out as self-absorbed, pushing dates away from you. Your date will appreciate your authenticity and you’ll be more likely to have a good time. If you want to make this feel a little less heavy on you, simply think of it as going out with a new friend for a couple of drinks. This can help you lower the anxiety and stress levels, allowing you to approach it much smoother. Furthermore, the less stress you feel, the easier things will go. Most importantly, being nervous is a normal human reaction, so do not be afraid.

#1 Having high expectations from the start

If you’re expecting to meet your soulmate on the first date, you’re likely setting yourself up for disappointment. It’s important to take things slow and get to know someone before you start making long-term plans. Another common mistake is being too picky. If you have a list of must-haves for your partner, you may be narrowing your options too much. Try to keep an open mind when meeting someone new and give them a chance to surprise you. 

It’s also important to stay present at the moment and not get caught up in planning for the future. If you’re always thinking about the next date or what could happen down the road, you’re not focusing on the present. 

#2 Not being honest about who you are

If you’re not being honest about who you are, it’s only a matter of time before your date finds out. It’s important to be yourself from the start. Otherwise, you’re just making sure that, somewhere down the line, this connection breaks. Be honest about your interests, your values, and what you’re looking for in a relationship. Not knowing what you exactly want is nothing that should put you down. 

However, knowing what you do not want can be quite beneficial. Just be honest about that as well. The more information you share, the easier it will be to find someone who is compatible with you. In addition, being truthful is often viewed as a character strength, and will help you avoid any issues in the future.

#3 Talking too much on the first date

The first date is a time to get to know each other, not an opportunity for one person to talk the whole time. It’s important to ask questions and listen to your date’s answers. This will help you learn about them and determine if you have anything in common. It’s also a good idea to avoid talking about exes, politics, or religion on the first date. These topics can be controversial and may make your date feel uncomfortable. Stick to lighter subjects like favorite movies, books, or TV shows. Generally speaking, you should aim to learn more about the person themselves, not their history. Politics and religion are something you can discuss further down the road, but not on the first couple of dates.

#4 Not following up after the first date

If you had a great time on the first date, don’t be afraid to reach out and let your date know! A simple text or call is usually all it takes. If you’re interested in seeing this person again, let them know so they can decide if they feel the same way. Waiting too long to follow up may make it seem like you’re not interested, even if you are. This is a common dating mistake that can be easily avoided by being proactive and reaching out as soon as possible.

Following these tips can help you avoid making common dating mistakes and increase your chances of finding a compatible partner. By being yourself, being honest, and following up after the first date, you’re setting yourself up for success. Dating can be a fun and rewarding experience if you go into it with the right mindset.  Most importantly, dating does not have to be something you should be afraid of, regardless of gender. Go out there, meet new people, and find the love of your life. Good luck!

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