Dating Tips for 2000’s Babes

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Dating and going out of your comfort zone is scary in 2019. Drake explained it best in his song, “Doing It Wrong,” that “we live in a generation of not being in love, and not being together. But we sure make it feel like we’re together, ‘cause we’re scared to see each other with somebody else.”

The concept of love can deteriorate daily. Women expect men to cheat now, while men assume that women want to do nothing but argue, or vice versa. So how can the everyday high-schooler or college student handle real relationships with the opposite sex in today’s society? Fortunately, I have a few pieces of advice to keep in mind when navigating the dating world.

Diana Ward | Avant-Youth
Time is Everything

One thing young people take for granted is time. During these precious high school years, you see the same people every day for four consecutive years. We think that we have all the time in the world, when the truth is that at the blink of an eye, life can change. Your significant other could transfer high schools or move to another state.

College is even more of a challenge due to the inevitable cloud of “adult life” that forms over you. Tuition, jobs and career growth are new responsibilities that take priority, which means there is no time to waste if you want a relationship. Do not jump into a relationship just because you like them. Understand that relationships will require serious time, attention and emotion.

Social Media Can be Your Downfall

Never compare your relationship to others. Nothing is private anymore.

On many social media applications, you can post pictures, videos and even broadcast your exact movements. Some people post their significant others on their page daily, while others might be in a relationship and never post who they’re dating.

The point is to not judge the success of your relationship based on others. You have no idea what other couples have going on behind closed doors. Love is not determined by how many “likes” your post gets when you update your relationship status.

Establish Boundaries

This one is simple. Knowing the pet peeves, the do’s and don’ts and the limits that your significant other has saves a lot of frustration. Although it may seem miniscule, ignoring the small complaints your partner brings up can be extremely detrimental to your communication, and thereby your actual relationship. Give your partner some space!

During high school and college, people can be all around their partner due to certain conveniences like having the same classes, being involved in the same organizations or living in the same apartment complexes. Sometimes your partner isn’t annoyed or angry with you; he or she just need time and space to themselves.

Judith Y. Kim | Avant-Youth
Judith Y. Kim | Avant-Youth
Honesty is the Best Policy

Tell the truth. Communication is everything and we are too young to entertain a serious relationship where one person is not being completely honest. The moment that your feelings are hurt, you’re made uncomfortable, or you want to tell them, “I love you,” say it!

Honesty is bigger than doing the right thing. It shows you respect your partner enough to tell them the truth no matter how hurtful it might be, or how vulnerable you may be.

Dating has its challenges, but there is so much negativity we can avoid, starting with these tips.

The final piece of advice should come as no surprise: Always have fun! Relationships and real life are serious enough. Focus on sharing quality time, enjoying each others’ company and making memories that will last a lifetime!

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