(LTK): What do people need to know about the first stage of dating?
(LG): The purpose of stage one is to determine if there is enough chemistry, commonality and interest to warrant dating.
Men, he says, are being told that careers, friends-with-benefits relationships, the hook-up culture, pornography, and even video games are ways to satisfy sexual and emotion desires in lieu of “higher costs” of long-term relationships.
But, putting hookup culture and its implications aside, most men also just simply have difficulty expressing our feelings, specifically how we feel about a relationship and where our commitment level is.
So if you’re ready for commitment and are hoping to move toward marriage soon but he’s not, well it’s better to know that now.
Dinner had started off strong, with talk of sci-fi over salads, but quickly unraveled around issues of life goals and values.
“I’m only good for getting drunk and having sex,” he said.
I’m a single 32-year-old—young enough to be considered a “millennial” by some, but old enough that my Facebook feed overflows with announcements of marriages and babies.
Love To Know (LTK): Why is it important to know about the five stages of dating? If you try to avoid one of the stages, problems may develop in the relationship which may result in you or your partner ending the relationship.
When you recognize what stage of dating the relationship is in, you will understand what is called for or needed in order to move through that stage and onto the next stage.