Why The Number 3 Really Matters When It Comes To Dating

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The number 3 is a magical relationship number that appears in ways you may not have noticed before.

The number 3 turns up quite a bit in the course of a relationship. In fact, many people consider it a rule, such as the "3 date rule" for example.

Many of these 3's have probably figured prominently in some of your dating relationships but you may not have noticed at the time. Following are some ways that the number 3 is important when it comes to relationships:

Many men don't bother calling you for 3 days following a first date.

This may or may not be true for you. However, many men consider it a rule, and it can go either way. He could be just waiting to see if you're secure or needy. It may also be that he wants to re-evaluate the date before he calls you to ask you out again.

So if you haven't heard from him for 3 days after your date, DO NOT CALL him. He's probably not in the hospital from an illness or an accident. He just may not be interested.

Sex on the 3rd date.

This is a decision that no one can make except you. While you've probably heard this one yourself, you may or may not have had sex on your third date in past relationships.

However, each person is different. Use your intuition and instincts when it comes to this. When you think about it seriously, you really don't know each other well enough after 3 dates to actually have sex.

Taking your dating website profile down after 3 months.

When you meet someone through a dating site on the Internet, it usually might be a good idea to remove your profile once the relationship is progressing steadily for 3 months.

In that time, you should talk about it and mutually decide to take down your dating profiles if you're both comfortable with the relationship. However, if 3 months go by and one of you isn't ready to remove your profile, then it might be time to re-assess the relationship as it could be one sided.

Introducing your new partner to your children after 3 months. 

If you're a single parent and you've made it this far with the relationship 3's, it MIGHT be time to introduce your kids to your new partner. Emphasis on MIGHT. 

Of course, it depends on your kids, your partner and their kids, if they have any. It probably isn't a very good idea to  rush this part. You don't want to cause any more disturbances in their lives. If you're comfortable at 3 months, meet up at public places and see how everyone gets along.

Getting married after being together for 3 years.

If you've been together for 3 years, you might already be living together, or at least spending every day with each other if you're in a healthy, happy, fulfilling relationship. For dating or engaged couples, it can be a good time to take that next step.

However, if your partner isn't interested in getting married by this time, they might never be ready to make a commitment. In that case, it may be time for you to move forward to someone that wants to make that long-term commitment to you.