Post-college courtship can be weird — but it's not all bad (I promise).
Follow these 21 guidelines to master the D word and make the most of your real-world romantic life.
Are you hooking up exclusively, but still not in a serious relationship? If you think that graduating from college is going to make defining your relationships easier, think again.
Suddenly there are new issues to complicate things, like what it really means to move in with someone you’re getting sort-of-serious with and disagreements over wedding planning.
They’re also at greater risk for exposure to sexually transmitted infections, which makes sense in light of the condom use stat.
Avoid making a common mistake and pick up a pack of Trojans (or whatever your contraception of choice) on your next trip to the drugstore or visit to the doctor.
One of the worst reasons to start a relationship is because you’re afraid of ending up alone. Before you go frantically searching for a boyfriend or girlfriend, Orlov says you should “know that you can take care of yourself emotionally [and] financially.”Dating like a grown-up means knowing how to set boundaries between you and the people you’re seeing.College life doesn’t always prepare us for post-grad relationships.When you're in school, you more often than not end up hooking up with one of your pals, and either it turns into something serious or you enter a friends-with-benefits situation.In fact, if the thought of flying solo frightens you, no partner is going to be able to fulfill you emotionally. As a single college graduate, you probably already have a well-rounded life — a job you love (or at least need), a circle of close friends, and maybe an exercise routine that keeps you healthy.According to psychotherapist, relationship expert, and author Julie Orlov, M. If you start noticing that you’re frequently ditching friends, falling behind at the office, or skipping workouts to make time for dating, something’s wrong.Everyone knows someone who met her husband/wife/life partner/cat-sitter on the Internet.Whereas online dating was once a somewhat laughable pursuit that folks were a little sheepish about, today more than 20 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds have tried it, and that number is only growing.Maybe you love 19th-century literature, or maybe you’re psyched to start rock climbing.Whatever your passion, turn it into a hobby and find people with similar interests.You’ll up your chances of meeting a partner you actually get along with because you’ll already have something in common. Romance"), psychotherapist and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again .That does not mean you should show up at book club assuming you’re going to meet your soul mate. “If you make the friends, and there are enough people of the other gender, the dating will happen.”CLICK HERE TO BUY 'THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO DATING AGAIN' You know how I just said you should pursue enjoyable hobbies as a way to meet potential mates?