Single and ready to mingle? But the big question here is how to go about dating? With all the latest dating apps to choose from and so many ways to go on a date, you might be a bit confused. So before you take the plunge, knowing about the types of dating can help you to get you a step closer to meet your partner or just to hook up. Try one or the other or maybe go on different types of dates to figure out what you like to do.
Online dating: Does this need any introduction? With the advent of online dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid (these are the common ones. However there are many out there, just explore!), online dating has become the most feasible way to find a date. In this type of dating, people meet over the internet and prefer to know about each other via virtual world than meeting in person. You can chat, mail or even exchange pics online. Once you build a connection with the other person, you can go ahead and plan to meet in-person (only if the other person agrees). If you are a person, who is constantly on the go, then online dating is the perfect choice for you! Also read about ways to get more right swipes on Tinder and other dating apps (for men).
Blind dating: Well, unlike the name, it is not going on a date with a blindfold but dating a person you do not have a clue about! It is the same as the one when you go out with a person your family chooses in an arranged marriage. In simple terms, it is a type of date where you go on a date with a person you do not know. It is usually set up by friends, family or colleagues. You can ask your friend to set you up on a blind date, or it could be a surprise by your colleagues.
Speed dating: It is a date which is not set up by friends and family, but by an organisation or a dating service provider. In this date, you have to arrive at a set place and spend one-on-one with other people present at the location. The trick here is that you will get only 5 – 10 minutes to know about the person as the time is fixed. But the best part about speed dating is that it gives the opportunity to meet a lot of potential dates at a single place and in a single setting to pick a suitable match (only if you like). You may also like to read about why dating in your 30s is different and better than dating in your 20s.
Double-dating: Beware as it does not mean going on a date with two people but with couples. It is quite popular in teenagers and adults and also if you are going on a blind date. This includes going on a movie date or eating out with another couple. This type of dating gives you an idea about how your date interacts with other people. It is basically two friends going on a date with their partners.
Casual dating: As the name goes by, casual dating is the type of dating in which a person goes on a date with many people before settling down. It is the opposite of serious dating, where a person is committed to a single person and which ultimately ends in a marriage. This type of dating is mostly done by people who are not willing to commit for a relationship right now or not planning to settle down. It can also indicate that the person is just looking for a sexual relationship and not a serious one!