Two months into the pandemic, I gave in and tried Zoom dating. After a few days of chatting on OKCupid, I found myself across the screen from a perfectly nice match. It was one hour in hell: Trapped in a two-way-hostage video, I was hyperaware of everything that was missing—the smell of her perfume, how she moved through space, seeing the way she ordered a drink. If I was going to date, it had to be in person.
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Sound familiar? Then you should know the rules of casual dating. But first: What is a casual relationship? The trick is making sure you're both on the same page and each have the same expectations. Spoiler alert: Yes, there are benefits, and not-so-serious relationships are easier to navigate than you think.
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I mean, a good rule of thumb? But before you snap a pic of the cute cocktail you ordered with pink sugar on the rim, ask yourself: Wait, do I really need to tag him in this too? The answer: absolutely not.
Casual dating is one of the simplest ways to make your first modest step into a relationship. You're on the verge of a serious mutual interaction but try hard to keep things casual to understand whether both of you have the same intentions and watch in the same direction. If you're stuck in a situation like this, read further for the essentials of casual dating relationship in