It may sound silly, but it's a real thing that can take a huge toll on your dating life.
Dating rules are always really just one step away from game play— hell, sometimes they are straight up game play. That's never a good thing.
It's completely normal to feel nervous about a first date, most people do. But instead of feeding into that anxiety by overthinking it and obsessing, try to take a step back.
Sure, there are times when it's really obvious that you hit it off— or really obvious that you didn't— but things aren't always so clear.
When it comes to how long you should wait, you have to remember that it's more about the feeling than the timing.
Seriously, the numbers don't lie.
Some people like the idea of casual sex — until they don't.
Nobody wants to admit that they're spiraling into a totally illogical place. But we all do it, so it's nothing to feel embarrassed about.
You need to stick to what works for you and — crucially— you don't want to overwhelm yourself.
Taking a break makes sure that you're prioritizing your needs, rather than just going along with whoever is interested.