Real talk: Dating is sometimes harder than it should be.After countless dinners and drinks, it can be tempting to throw in the towel and resign to nights of forever watching Netflix alone in your bed.This can cause unnecessary stress for both of you, because you may not want to hear about gory details. If you know your partner is working a long time, plan a date that revolves around eating.Try to steer the conversations away from work topic. It can be a nice gesture to get food ready when your partner is expected to come home. Doctors need to be on call all the time even though in their private time.Plus, friendship is the foundation for any relationship, so having that bond established can be key, says relationship expert Jane Greer, Ph. But when you're ready to make the plunge into online dating, how do you decide which site to sign up for?
Carve out several segments of time during the week in which you're available to get together.The term "friend zone" should totally be banished—in part, because your friends can sometimes make the best dates.Think about it: Someone you're already friends with is likely to have similar values, to know your background and your family, and to make you feel ultra comfortable with them.No one loves you quite like your friends do, so let them set you up with someone that they can vouch for."It's better for single people to meet through friends because there's a familiarity and comfort that goes with that," says behavioral scientist Christie Hartman, Ph. "A friend setting you up means the guy is 'vetted' to some extent." So let them play matchmaker—but first, lay down some rules.
So unless your friend is Patti Stanger, remind her that it's no one’s fault if this goes horribly wrong.