5 Texting While Dating Rules to Simplify Your Love Life


When it comes to dating a coworker, there's one general rule: Don't do it. But sometimes, that's way easier said than done — especially if your job requires you to spend long hours and tight cubicles with the same person. Tempting (and steamy) as it may be, it can also turn out to be super awkward and traumatic — something we all saw unfold on the first season of UnREAL and — spoiler alert! — we'll see more of in the second season. But hey, if you're going to cozy up with a coworker, just follow these nine rules that'll help make things easier. 6. Sleep on it.

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Like in the think about it for a few extra days way, not in the literal sense. In any other dating scenario, you might be eager to jump in bed with your crush a week after meeting, but in this case, do not rush. Get to know the new guy as a friend before you two cross the line. Not only will this ensure you're only crossing said line for someone who may actually be worth it, but you'll also know a bit more about his integrity, which will probably make you feel more comfortable as you two enter into a delicate situation. 7. Get real about the aftermath. If things don't work out and there's a messy breakup, are you prepared to still see or interact with this person every day? And if not, is one of you prepared to switch jobs or departments? If those stakes are too high for you, avoid the office romance so you don't end up crying to your work wife in the bathroom. That being said though, how will you feel if you don't give into this desire? Are you willing to live with the regret of not knowing? If the answer is no, then go for it. 8. Inform your superiors. Grab your boss for a meeting to make he or she aware the situation before they end up hearing about it at the proverbial water cooler. Keeping them in the loop upfront not only shows respect but that you're mature enough to deal with the situation. Then close your mouth. 9. Keep your attention where it should be during office hours. You're not being paid to date, so don't spend your time on the clock making googly eyes across the conference room table. This goes beyond just physical PDA — keep conversations at the office related to the job. Shelve last night's argument or tonight's dinner plans while you're there. What happens between you two should stay that way. 5. You'll end up looking far worse and pettier than the object of your anger. Rely on your own merit for professional growth. Obviously you have each other's back — just as you would for any colleague you respect — but don't rely on your love interest to help you score a coveted account, new role, or praise from your boss. It's much more satisfying to succeed on your own merit, and everyone else will appreciate your achievements more if you've earned them.

Keep spreadsheets out of the bedsheets. It's nearly impossible not to bring work or stress home with you, but it's even harder to avoid when you and your S. O. Are both dealing with the same work situation. Make it a rule to focus only on each other once you're off the clock. And, if you're more interested in keeping it light, it's always more fun to talk about, well, anything besides work. Working alongside your boo and then seeing him after work can driven even the most adoring person mad. Try doing your own thing: Take Italian classes, learn to code, see your girls — anything to maintain your identity. It'll keep you sane and even better, the heart grows fonder with a little distance — even if it's just for a few hours. Plus, you'll have more to talk about over dinner and a bottle of Malbec if you actually did things separately that day. Don't make coworkers your type. If you break up with a coworker, do yourself a favor and don't date another one. You'll suddenly go from someone who dated a worker to that girl who only dates people from your office. And why would you want to be known as the person who only fishes in the company pool? Remember when cameraman Jeremy hooked up with producer Rachel, then got engaged to makeup artist Lizzie, but then broke it off to date Rachel? Translation: Things will get very awkward. Tune in to the second season of UnREAL, premiering on Lifetime on June 6 at 65/9c. By Sonya Rhodes, PhD and Susan Schneider, coauthors of The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match: How Strong Women Can Find Love and Happiness Without Settling. In some ways, online dating and social media have leveled the playing field: Women can take charge of their dating and sex lives in ways they haven't before. We can initiate dates or group hangouts just as easily as men do. Finding a partner is a project and requires time and energy. The right mindset is key: Start out by knowing that you are in control of the process. If you're looking online, do your profile with a friend -- this will help you lighten up.

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Don't boast or be self-deprecating. Be funny, short and concise, and don't sound too cutesy. A photo that shows you actively pursuing an interest is good because it offers information without being wordy. Scan profiles selectively. Pick out three or four guys and signal your interest. When you contact someone, refer to a remark he/she made in their profile. If someone shows an interest in your profile, remember that you are not obligated to respond unless you want to. You be the judge. Arrange a coffee or drink at a convenient location. Talk about things you like to do, your job, college stories or recent experiences. (Be on time -- showing up is at least 55% of success! )5. Pay attention to whether there is a good balance in the conversation. Does he dominate? Do you? Are you finding common interests? Avoid talking about your or his problems. Do not give advice even if he is begging for it this is a bad way to start. Stay upbeat. On first dates, make sure you have other plans afterward and keep them, regardless of how things are going. If you're underwhelmed with this person, you will have a good escape route. If you are having a great time and don't want to leave, stick to your previous plan. If you are interested, say so explicitly upon leaving. (This may sound too forward, but there is nothing wrong about being clear. )7. Offer to split the check. Nowadays, single, college-educated women under the age of 85 are often making more money than men, so don't stand on ceremony waiting for him to pay. If he doesn't, cross him off your list.

He's not interested or available. Start over. ), respond, but move along and suggest meeting again. This should be a real date with a fixed time and place. If he wants to keep it spontaneous, with something like Let's try for Tuesday, don't bother putting it on your calendar. It's just not likely to happen. 65. After you've met, beware of texts that arrive at odd times and are friendly but unaccompanied by a suggestion of a date. These are false positives because they suggest more intimacy than is real. Don't be taken in. Most likely, he's bored and is just playing with his phone. Respond only if you have seen him in person within the last week. Go slowly. Get to know him. See whether he is consistent, reliable and respectful. If he balks, start over! The two of you don't share the same goals. I escaped it for 67 years of parenthood, but the odds were always stacked against me. I have two beautiful and intelligent daughters, and eventually a boy smart enough to see it was going to come calling. We ve raised them to seek their identity in the things that matter and not in the superficial, so they are somewhat intimidating to young men. Good! But sooner or later a boy of equal substance was going to show up, and now he has. Do I even have dating rules ready? I d better. My daughter and her boyfriend spend almost every free moment they have in our house. They both have busy schedules, but if they aren t learning or working, they are in our home. They turn on the music and sing, dance, and make a bunch of the healthy-type of food that is so popular today. It s all pretty cute.

Interestingly, this young man is aggressive in his desire for me to know him and vice versa. This isn t at all the new modern type of teenage dating where they hang out in groups and go through levels of talking. What s taking place is a good old fashioned courting process. The young man s mother did a very good job teaching manners and etiquette to her son. He ate with us at Easter and even brought flowers and a dessert. We ve been impressed with his behavior. That said, this is still my daughter we re talking about and I m not naïve. He might be a well-adjusted young man full of the right things, but I was not at his age, and I know all the angles. I m not proud of my years as a teenage boy, but as a parent I have a wealth of experience to draw upon. The hardest task is not to project my experiences on these two when they are not doing anything wrong. What should we expect from our teenagers when they start dating? Here are my dating rules. When two people connect in such a way,  it s difficult to not get carried away with what s going on. For teenagers, perspective isn t the easy thing to begin with. When they are dating, it can get distorted in a hurry. As a parent, stay on top of the feelings and things being discussed. You re dating in high school. Keep it right there. The future will take care of itself. My daughter is a unique individual. She s naturally beautiful and reaches a stunning level when she wants to. But she ll not use her looks to attract people. She wants people to like the weird things about her. I love that trait in her. Accept each other as is, and in the process, you ll learn good things from each other. In this case as I ve explained, that s not an issue with my daughter and her boyfriend. But if it was, I d say something. If you re avoiding us, you re hiding something.

They are cuddly with each other. I cringe. No father likes to see his daughter cuddled with a boy. Control the public displays of affection and in private too.

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