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What's the etiquette for catching up with "exes"?

Specifically if you are in a serious relationship with someone else. I'm sure this varies among couples and the best thing is probably just to talk to each other openly...but before I bring it up with my boyfriend, I wanted to get some unbiased advice to make sure I'm not stepping across a line because I do feel weird about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Do sex drives ever INCREASE after 3+ years in a relationship?

My SO and I have been growing together more and more in the last three years. However, one thing seems to grow less and less, and as we move closer to thinking about marriage, I am a little concerned that our sex drives are mismatched for a very long term relationship. I am 23 and she is 21. I've heard a ton of anecdotes about women "waking up" sexually around 25. Is it realistic for me to think that that could be a possibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 33 answers

Help me be myself in the world of dating.

How do I feel more confident about myself? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Nov 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Boyfriend doesn't want to live together. Am I deluding myself?

I have a darling boyfriend who I have been dating for 1.5 years. We are generally very happy (so much fun, so much in common, and very attracted to each other), and I love him. My lease is up, and he's decided that he's not ready to live together yet. Other people (especially my family) are giving me a hard time about it. How do I know if they're right? [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet on Nov 20, 2014 - 47 answers

He didn't even want to have sex with me

My co-worker is the first guy I have been attracted to in a year and he seemed to reciprocate but then abpruptly lost interest. I can't stop obssesing over it and feeling rejected and down. [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Nov 19, 2014 - 27 answers

is this a red flag or am I too sensitive?

New guy I'm seeing came over completely wasted and seems to drink quite a bit. I have alcoholism/drug addiction in my family so I feel like sometimes I can be too judgmental about things that others deem normal. I also am petrified of vulnerability and have a tendency to push people away. How do I know what's normal and what's not when it comes to drinking and dating? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Nov 19, 2014 - 56 answers

How to start talking to a guy I have a crush on?

I'm a 22 year old college student who has a crush on a classmate. I've had very little interaction with him. Last week, I got to hang out with him at a friend's birthday party, he was very nice and funny and we even exchanged phone number. I also heard from his friends that he's single. Since the party, We haven't talked to each other much because there are very few opportunities to talk when we are in school. He sits far away and we don't have mutual activities outside of class. We have only said hi to each other in the hallway. I'm a shy person and very inexperienced when it comes to flirting or pursuing a romantic relationship. I don't know how to get to know him better without appearing desperate. I have no idea if he is interested in me more than a friend. I have never had a boyfriend so I don't know what to do. Thank you for you're advice!
posted by missybitsy on Nov 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Am I broken?

I used to like people, but now I don't. I fear I'm creating an irreversibly solitary life for myself. I think the problem must be me, but I'm not sure what the cure is. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2014 - 73 answers

One night stand confusion

Does this have potential to turn into a relationship? [more inside]
posted by akita on Nov 13, 2014 - 24 answers

How to have a healthy relationship?

I'm 21 years old, just got out of a long term relationship 6 months ago, and started dating a new guy a month ago. I really like him, and really want this to work. I think we both have different expectations of being in a relationship, and I suspect my expectations and behaviors are unhealthy as my last relationship was basically my life and it was suffocating. How can I make this a healthy one? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Nov 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Really? You want to debate hipster donuts?

The guy I'm dating loves to argue and has really strong opinions about everything. I don't. Where do we go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2014 - 41 answers

Should i cut off contact, or should I continue seeing him occasionally?

I'm not getting what I want, which is to be in a relationship with him. But I would rather see him occasionally from time to time, rather than not at all. Is this a terrible idea, and if so then how come? [more inside]
posted by akita on Nov 6, 2014 - 47 answers

If a guy hugs and cuddles on the first date, is it a red flag?

I'm in my early 20s and new to the dating scene, so I could use some advice. I knew this guy for a few months from class. He's a few years older than I am, and is a complete gentleman. Last week we went on a first date, where he took me to dinner, and then we just walked around town talking. On the walk, he put his arm around my shoulders, and I didn't really react. We went to a coffeeshop afterwards, and as he sat next to me, occasionally he'd brush the small of my back and my hair. At the end of the night, when it was chilly, he hugged me tightly and kissed the top of my head. We never fully "kissed". Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I've heard mixed things from people about being too affectionate on first dates. Do you think he's moving too fast for a first date with a girl? We've had conversations in class before this, so he's not a complete stranger. Still, I'm wary if this just means he wants to hook up in the future. [more inside]
posted by echoplasm on Nov 6, 2014 - 49 answers

Is this just a casual relationship? or am I overanalyzing?

I am in a casual/non exclusive relationship and I wanted to know if things are progressing to be more or if he's just living in the moment and making the best out of it? Any of your own experiences would help a lot as well! [more inside]
posted by jenko on Nov 5, 2014 - 23 answers

Being a Gentleman - 21st Century Edition

What is with all this misogyny and hate against women? What can I as a good male of the species do, to stop this? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Nov 4, 2014 - 35 answers

was I harsh, or upfront?

MeFi can't read dude's minds, but maybe it can tell me if I made the right call with this early stage dating dilemma so I can stop obsessing over it. Bottom line: I want to know if I'm coming across as abrupt and harsh when I only want to be clear and direct. [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt on Oct 30, 2014 - 36 answers

Reason to feel insecure or am I just being borderline insane?!

Argh, so here goes, my first MetFilter question. I'd love some perspective here on whether I have a reason to be as worried as I am or whether, in fact, I'm overreacting - and any tips of ways to cope and not act out self-destructively would be very good. [more inside]
posted by starstarstar on Oct 30, 2014 - 30 answers

Casual or polyamorous domination and submission

So, I'm having coffee with a polyamorous women who is potentially interested in submitting to me. Help me guess what she might mean, ahead of time, so I can be more fluent when we talk. (Trigger warning: graphic consensual violence.) [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Oct 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Oops, I did it again :(

How can I forgive myself for exercising such poor judgment? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Oct 28, 2014 - 25 answers

I love you so we're done

How do I maintain the resolve to cut off a great but unhealthy friendship? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Oct 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Was this an abusive relationship?

I dated a guy for a couple years. There were a lot of problems. For my own self-knowledge, I'd like to know whether it was just incompatibility, or whether he was being abusive. [more inside]
posted by vienna on Oct 25, 2014 - 27 answers

First Date Strategizing

In the array of approaches out there regarding the choice of an optimal first date activity, the majority of thoughts on the subject seem to fall generally into two opposing schools of thought. I am very curious to get the AskMeFi community's thoughts on the topic as there seems to be a pretty smart bunch here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 24 answers

A Long Time Ago, In A Relationship Far, Far Away

When should I tell new partners about past abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Finally had the "marriage" talk with long term boyfriend

Do our expectations of when to get married one day match up? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Oct 14, 2014 - 41 answers

Ethics involved in dating people your friend has dated casually?

Short version: what are the ethics involved in dating people your friend has dated casually? [more inside]
posted by thelivingsea on Oct 13, 2014 - 16 answers

How would you interpret this e-mail exchange...

...with a potential paramour met on a dating site? Friend and I are purposely asking the community for first impressions out of context. What do you imagine the exchange (response in particular) means? [more inside]
posted by phreckles on Oct 12, 2014 - 40 answers

Is it possible to find dates if you're a person seeking a person?

I am potentially interested in dating again. I had a breakup of a 1.5 year relationship around this time last year and feel emotionally over it. However, I feel like I will have a bit more challenges in regards to dating than the average person. (I'm mostly asexual, not very feminine, and a non-traditional undergraduate student in a college town). Special snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Oct 11, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I not be a meet cute mouse?

Meet cute happens. (Yes, these actually happen IRL.) The next time I encounter my meet cute, suddenly this successful, smart, outspoken women becomes a mouse. Literally small and fuzzy and hiding in a corner if at all possible. Any concrete strategies for not doing this? HALP! Example and background after the break. [more inside]
posted by susiswimmer on Oct 8, 2014 - 21 answers

How do I get there from here?

I'm pretty sure I'm not ready to date, but I'd like to be ready to date. Thoughts on how to get there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I stay positive and optimistic about finding a boyfriend?

I'm 35 in one month and have never been in a healthy (that is, at least being called a girlfriend and not only being used for sex) long term (more than 3 months) relationship. [more inside]
posted by tashkelis on Oct 3, 2014 - 19 answers

It's been a year and he still won't sleep with me.

I am a female and my boyfriend and I have been seeing each other about once a week for over a year. I am 27 and he is 30. I know he isn't seeing anybody else, and that he likes me. Why have we still not slept together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2014 - 50 answers

Where do I meet Older Lesbians in NYC who are into Younger Women?

Hi there! Where can I meet Older Lesbians in NYC who are into Younger Women? I've been scouring the internet, MeetUp, etc, but there has to be an event for this, right? NYC is supposed to have everything ;) Cheers, G
posted by Kombucha3452 on Sep 30, 2014 - 6 answers

OK to ask out someone you know through an ex?

I like a boy. I'm pretty sure he likes me back. Great, right? There's one problem: said boy is someone I know through an ex. Is this ever OK to pursue? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 30, 2014 - 28 answers

So, how long have you been dating?

Like many other on-again, off-again couples, my boyfriend and I are having problems answering the question, "how long have you been dating?" [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Sep 28, 2014 - 23 answers

How do I meet men?

I’m pretty and smart and friendly and funny, but I’m also fat and older. What hope is there for me? How can I meet men? [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Sep 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me get over and move on from this disappointing non-relationship

I recently came out of a disappointing "non-relationship" and am finding it hard to move on, and to know how to deal with this person (who is someone I see regularly). Hoping someone out there may have been through a similar thing and have some wisdom for me. [more inside]
posted by ss79 on Sep 27, 2014 - 24 answers

Perspective on the idea of "growing apart" in a long term commitment?

I recently started seeing someone new, who happens to be the first person I've dated who's divorced. When he told me that he was divorced, he said they "grew apart," after over a decade of marriage, though he also indicated that his ex-wife didn't feel that way, and didn't want to get divorced. I had the sense (though this was a brief conversation, and we're just getting to know each other) that he didn't necessarily *try* to fix things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 - 26 answers

Is he interested in dating me after he gets over his ex?

This is a pretty specific case, but I'm hopeless when it comes to relationships. Plus I got such great responses on other questions, I thought you all might have some good feedback for me. Thanks ahead of time!! [more inside]
posted by lfergie401 on Sep 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Sharing relationship problems for advice with best friend

Is it okay to ever talk about relationship problems with your closest trusted friend(s) for advice or to vent? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Sep 16, 2014 - 22 answers

But I want to let myself feel the butterflies!

Started online dating. Having trouble processing a pair of dates I recently went on with someone – surely, it wasn’t just me? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Sep 15, 2014 - 28 answers

You should give up/ try harder/ love yourself/ lower your standards

What is with the constant insistence to single people that they would meet someone if they just did X, Y, or Z? [more inside]
posted by rhymeswithcheery on Sep 13, 2014 - 49 answers

Making Friends and Dating in Madison, WI at Age 32

Hi all, I've gone through previous questions relating to live in Madison, and it looks like I'm far from the first person to feel like it's super hard to make friends or find dates here at age 32. Before I give up and move, which I am very much considering, I want to know if there are options I've overlooked as far as meeting people goes. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 12, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I be more courageous?

This could go into human relations, work & money, or a number of other categories. I am a daydreamer, and I am often motivated by visions of the future. The problem is that the world often disappoints, and after many rejections/failures (alongside the successes, of course), I have gotten to having a fair amount of anxiety on a regular basis. It sometimes feels compelling to put my head in the sand rather than probing for real answers. How can I be more courageous? [more inside]
posted by htid on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

End it now?

Been dating someone for a bit. I am not sure about the sexual chemistry and connection, but was willing to see where it went until...she told me she is talking to her ex and doesn't know if it will become something again. Finally, taking an important test in a month or two and can't have drama. Do I break it off now to avoid messiness? [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Sep 9, 2014 - 21 answers

OkCupid clinic

After years I finally did a re-haul/update of my OkCupid profile. If you enjoy this sort of thing, please help me with your wisdom. My profile. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Sep 8, 2014 - 34 answers

I would like the hive's insights on 'going too fast' in a relationship.

I met a chap in July, and am now entirely done with dating unless widowed early. I would probably benefit from advice on relationships that go through the usual relationship stages at a rapid pace. With kid in tow. Assume 'don't do that' is not going to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Should I go on a date with someone if I don't even want a relationship?

Is this a stupid question? Idk. I just got out of a 5 year relationship in May. I feel moved on from him but I'm still trying to put my life back together. And I don't want a relationship right now, bBut two guys have recently asked me out on dates. Idk what to say! I don't know very much about dating. I am 21. [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Aug 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Another "critique my OkCupid profile!" Please impart your dating wisdom.

I've linked my profile Here. I'm planning on getting better pictures, but welcome any other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Aug 26, 2014 - 26 answers

How do I... do OKCupid?

Whew. Just put up my OKC profile for the first time ever! Looking for advice and some pointers. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Aug 25, 2014 - 29 answers

Booty Call Song

Name a song that unambiguously and sexily says "let's get it on." (omit the obvious answer, please). Is there a song that, if sent to you, would immediately raise your pulse and get you looking forward to delights to come? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on Aug 22, 2014 - 74 answers

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