A few years ago, when a man I was very intrigued by called me to ask for a date, I was elated. You see, I have a policy in my dating life. Older, wiser, married women in my life have told me this is how dating was in their day—Wednesday you might have a date with Bob and Friday you might have a date with Dan, but so long as neither relationship was exclusive, this was considered appropriate, they say, and even helpful in discerning commitment and ultimately marriage. It also kept expectations in check. Both of these approaches have skewed expectations, making dating far too serious than it sometimes needs to be. In the hook-up culture, the entrance of sexual activity too early in a relationship can facilitate incredibly serious expectations.
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Todd and Rachel had been dating for about four months. Everything seemed to be going great. They got along really well, had similar interests and goals, shared beliefs and values and simply had a lot of fun together. But all of a sudden one day, Rachel seemed to back off—just like that.
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For me, was the Year of the Dump. It was a time when I got back into the dating game by treating it as just that: a game. Flings happened and were then flung aside; only a few lasted longer than it takes me to get through a season of "How I Met Your Mother" on Netflix.