Casual dating tips

Done ostensibly to keep the other party interested, breadcrumbers keep the embers alight with random flirtatious texts, and the odd Facebook like, before receding back into obscurity for another while.

You don’t need to be a pop psychologist to figure out just why this is so spectacularly effective.

Recently, he met a girl on the app Bumble, and the two began to casually date.

At first, she welcomed the emotional vulnerability between the two of them.

When fragile egos are involved, as they invariably are when we date, we’ll take anything for a boost.

My God, have I ever put my time in with the breadcrumbers.

But for the Irish race, this is too newfangled a concept for us to be truly good at it yet.

Some of us say we do so as not to seem clingy, or be written off as a possessive psycho. The problem with this new world order is that we’ve forgotten to treat everyone like a living, breathing human being. And we are absolutely in over our head with the options. Take it from me, you’ll live to rue the day you ever went with limitless options at the boyfriend buffet, and giving it a shot with someone you may or may not have feelings for.

If you’re walking into a situation whereby you’re having a few drinks (on the surface of it) and sizing them up as a potential life partner/parent to your kids (on the other hand), it’s a bit of a surreal one.

It takes huge amounts of bravery and vulnerability to hold your beating heart out in front of someone and hope they don’t pick it up and chuck it into the road for a laugh.

Although a casual relationship is non-exclusive, participants should still take care to set boundaries, support open communication, and be respectful of one another.

We’ve had ghosting (when a person you’re dating just evaporates into thin air and cuts off all contact without warning) and mooning (when you are forced to put your phone on ‘night-time’ mode to escape someone who is calling or texting too much). Much as its name suggests, it’s the act of offering someone you’re not particularly interested in a tiny morsel of attention or affection from time to time.