How do you get back in the dating game?

Awkward MeetingIt seems, as my friends and I creep closer into adulthood, more and more of us are finding ourselves in serious and steady relationships. Dating is a thing of the past for the most of us; so when we all started watching the Channel 4 series, ‘Dates’, which is allegedly an honest look at modern dating, it left us all nervously asking one question…

How on earth would we manage to get back in the dating game?

If ‘Dates’ is anything to go by, then we’re all doomed to have awkward and embarrassing encounters with people that we meet on the internet, and, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound at all promising to me.

The dating game is the only game in the world, it seems, where you can forget about the rules constantly changing – in my opinion, it seems like the rules were never decided in the first place. I think, rather than there being a straightforward set of dating rules, it’s all actually person-specific. It isn’t about adhering to the restrictions set out by singles before you, surely?

While I’m not prepared to even hazard a guess at how you’d get back into the dating game, or even how you’re meant to act these days on that dreaded and often tense first date, I will still my head out on the line and offer one piece of advice for those singles who are looking to jump back into the dating waters:

Be yourself.

Whether yourself is a nervous wreck or a flirtatious independent woman; no problem has ever been solved by acting in a way that’s unnatural to you… as far as I’m aware anyway. I can pretty much guarantee that slapping on a smile and being your usual wonderful self is all you need to survive in the dating world these days!

Besides, if the people on ‘Dates’ are your competition, then you’re definitely already top dog…