Making New friends While You’re Dating

If you are internet dating or speed dating and hope to meet someone special, it’s likely that you will meet quite a few people before you find true love. It’s possible you’ll really like some individuals, but don’t want a romantic involvement with them. So what do you do when you genuinely want to be friends with someone you meet?

First, it’s ok to make new friends online and at speed dating evenings – in fact many people are not seeking romance but would like to meet friends, sporting partners or travel companions. If you’re on a quest for romance, and you happen to meet someone you just want to be friends with, it’s important to tell them as early as possible. It’s unfair to lead someone on once you have decided that there is no possibility of a romance.

What to say? It’s important to be clear and honest. If you tell them exactly how you feel you won’t be guilty of stringing them along. If you’re vague about your intentions, you might leave them with some hope that one day you’ll change your mind.

If you think your date is likely to have an ongoing hope of something more than friendship, it might be best to let the idea of being friends go. On the other hand, if the sense is that both of you would prefer to be friends then it could be the start of a wonderful new friendship. Perhaps you’ll end up swapping dating stories over coffee!

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