Dating in Your Late 20s

How to Date in Your Late 20s

Love is a battlefield, especially when you’re young. That’s why we asked some seasoned Casanovas for their best dating advice, to help arm you for victory, whether you’re out on the frontline online dating apps or strategizing at speed dating.

Your late twenties are a funny old time. On the one hand, some of your pals are still living with their parents. On the other, you’ve started to feel like a real grown-up and dating has changed accordingly.

There’s less double dating, more dating apps and Tindering , and it’s all happening at warp speed. So we got dating expert Alex Buggins to reveal what twentysomething dating is really like , and how you can excel in the field.

“A dating pro knows that there are two types of dating,” says Alex. “There’s dating with the aim of finding ‘the one’, but it’s important not to allow yourself to get too hung up on that because dating can still be massively enjoyable even if your relationship goals remain more loose.

Then there’s the dating you do with a different endgame for each date, ideally leading to hooking up. This is dating for fun. If you’re dating with the aim of finding ‘the one’ this dating should be a means to an end. Equally, dating with a goal of casual hookups can be great fun too if you’re up for it! But dating in your late 20s is about having fun and enjoying all dating has to offer.

“Your dating life should add something to your life rather than determine the course of it . It’s dating, not your entire future. Have fun dating and you’ll have a better dating life – it doesn’t matter if that means dating one person or 10.”

“Be picky, but not too picky . You need to be really clear about what you want from dating so you can avoid wasting time on people who are wrong for you.

“But dating in your late 20s is all about dating and not about settling into a relationship. And while you don’t want to end up dating Tinder-addicted commitmentphobes, it’s also important to be open minded and date people who you’re not sure about, because sometimes chemistry takes time.”

“Now you’re dating for fun, dating should be exciting. You should be able to keep dating someone after it gets boring or becomes difficult.

“If you find yourself dating someone who never makes an effort, why would you make an effort? If you like them and they don’t seem to like you back (or vice versa) it’s not going to work out.

“In dating, you have the power! So don’t go on a date with someone who doesn’t seem interested in dating you, and feel free to ghost them if they’re just wasting your time.”

“Your dating life should add something to your life rather than determine the course of it . It’s dating, not your entire future. Have fun dating and you’ll have a better dating life – it doesn’t matter if that means dating one person or 10.”

“A dating pro knows that there are two types of dating: dating with the aim of finding ‘the one’ but it’s important not to allow yourself to get too hung up on that because dating can still be massively enjoyable even if your relationship goals remain more loose.

“Then there’s the dating you do with a different endgame for each date, ideally leading to hooking up. This is dating for fun. If you’re dating with the aim of finding ‘the one’ this dating should be a means to an end. Equally, dating with a goal of casual hook-ups can be great fun too if you’re up for it! But dating in your late 20s is about having fun and enjoying all dating has to offer.”