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Before you jump in, make sure you’re wearing something cute. Though I’ll still recommend you never wear your gym clothes, or your sweatpants that are too big, men: wear a good shirt or button-down. It’ll make you look more put-together and not like a slob. Women: a good dress is key. Think a shirt that’s a little more casual or a sundress that isn’t too short and has a cute top underneath. If you’re just out for a casual date, you can go for a little tee and jeans or maybe a sundress, but if you are going on a date that is for sure going to lead somewhere—your man is going to ask you out on a second date—stay classy.

For your first phone chat, use a webcam. Okay, I know you’re probably thinking, “But this doesn’t count as a date, and can’t I just use a webcam if I’m too shy?” Of course you can, but there are a couple of reasons why doing it like this is a better idea. For one, it’s much easier to take the conversation offline when you need to be somewhere. Second, it’s actually rather adorable to watch yourself on a webcam. It’s like you’re in on a little bit of a secret. Look at yourself, take it all in, and then try your best to be your most charming self.

After your first date, you’ll feel like you have a handle on things, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. You may have a crush on someone, or someone may have a crush on you—and no matter what it is, you have to be sure of your feelings. That way, you’ll be able to tell the right person if they’re serious. This is particularly important if you’re a woman, because a gentleman should never feel like you’re being pressured to have sex. If you’re feeling pressured, be sure to have yourself ask if it’s okay to end the date early. This lets the guy know you’re not comfortable with the situation, and a little honesty can help make things feel less rushed.

There are tons of apps and sites out there that will help you find people just like you, but if you haven’t met the person before, this is a great place to start. You should still do a little bit of research on the app/site. Make sure you’re comfortable with the person you’re meeting up with, and that they
I have made a living researching dating for years. If you’ve been to my blog on, you’ll know I have been recommending match-making services and love “speed-dating” for years (a term invented by The League, a dating service that doesn’t discriminate by gender). I’ve been asked to teach people how to date many times. It’s the most frequently asked question I get, and it’s the same question I get from my clients. Dating is intimidating, so in this guide I’ve tried to figure out exactly what to do. I’m going to give you my tried-and-true tips on how to date, how to navigate online dating, and how to date without “games.”

If you’re in a relationship, these may seem like common sense, but if you’re dating, they’re golden. If you want to read the bonus tips on how to live with someone who is in a relationship, read on.

I was (am) an introvert. I have a lot of rules for dating out of courtesy and safety, but it was a little difficult for me to learn how to date because I was an introvert, not because I was inexperienced. You may be a different type. That’s okay. These are still strategies for you to use.

Let’s face it, dating can be a little intimidating, and it has nothing to do with confidence. Even if you are completely comfortable with yourself and are a good conversationalist, the idea of putting your best self forward and being vulnerable with a stranger who may become the love of your life is, well, daunting. If you’re in the market for a relationship—whether it’s a casual fling or something long-term—consider this your guide to modern dating.

1. If you don’t have a good idea about the person you’re seeing, you’re going to be nervous, and that’s one of the main reasons most people get in trouble with dating. I don’t mean that if you have one of those people who are socially awkward they will fail at dating (though they may). I mean that if you don’t know what you’re getting into by dating someone and you don’t know them, you’re going to be nervous. That’s why it’s essential to get together with them before you start making assumptions. You’re a little more at ease when you know the basics of that person. If you’re still scared, you should probably just pass on the person

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