Online dating got you down? Advice on how to master your profile, search and more.
OK kids, first things first. Size does not matter to every woman. Plenty of women are satisfied good and plenty and even preferably with some skillfull fingers and well-played tongues and a good battery-operated assistant. That being said, it does matter to some women and it certainly seems to matter to lots of guys who want to know if they measure up or not (as our many other articles on the topic might indicate). But how can a woman (or man) tell if a man will measure up (before the clothes are off, that is)? Are there certain ways a person can know for sure just by looking? We don't think there are definite 100% board-certified correct answers to these questions, but we do have some ideas of where a person may want to look, if this is a topic of importance to him or her.
I'm bad at commitment. Heck, I can barely spell it. However, I do know I'm good at dating. I've never said I love you, but last week I gave three guys my number. Don't come to me looking for solutions to your relationship dilemma, but if you wanna know how to hook up on any given holiday, I'm your girl. So, if you're single and you're not sure you really know how to mingle, check out this tough love test to see if you're better at sewing buttons than your seed.
Four things we know we're not supposed to do on the first date: talk only about ourselves, send text messages, explain how great the sex was with our exes, get fall-down sloppy drunk. One question that probably never crosses our minds, but might be worth pondering: to kiss or not to kiss? The thing is, we know kissing is fun. And kissing doesn't necessarily imply any promises of further action whatsoever. Regardless, it might just be worth waiting for.
And you thought the pre-date anxiety was the hardest part? Think again. Any serial dater knows the most infuriating time in the early stages of a relationship is the 24–48 hours that follow the first date. When's he going to call? Should you call him? What's an appropriate amount of time to wait? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
The way to his heart is through his stomach. Short on funds? Ten tips for cooking on the cheap. "When it became necessary to cut back on my expenses, I was already cooking a few basic dinners a week. Now I take lunch to work, do takeout even less and watch my ingredient costs. Right now a lot of people are considering cooking to save money, and I'm pretty sure many are in the same boat as I was: starting from scratch skills-wise and cursed with a rarefied palate from so much eating out. Here are ten tips I learned along the way."
Males wondering why women don't give them "the eye" or respond with interest to their presence might want to review their social skills. If you start conversations with "Why aren't you married?" or "When's the last time you had sex?" you probably won't receive much positive attention from women. Dork.
While cell phone shenanigans, a lack of physical attraction, talking too much about yourself, and blatant pre-date lies definitely apply to both genders, there are some specific reasons for why a gal won't give a guy the time of day again. Don't get grabby, have manners, make eye contact and 10 other first-date tips from women.
Okay all you lovers out there, so what do you know about dating, living and loving in the recession? Things have changed—not least in the way you appreciate your mate. After the jump, some of the new realities that have emerged in these tough times.
Landing Mr. Right isn't easy … even for an intelligent and successful woman. Weeding through the players, the losers and the psychos can be hopelessly frustrating, and when you finally find a man with potential, you'll usually find fifty other hopeful bachelorettes competing for his attention. If you want to win at the game of love, you'll need to quickly stand out from the rest of the pack and captivate your quarry from the start.