When sex meets dating at the crossroads, there are many questions to consider. In today’s dating culture, dating and sex are often intertwined. As premarital sex continues to become more and more socially acceptable, it presents a lot of questions for singles. One main question is what does sex convey to my partner. Everyone has his or her own idea of sex. As adults, one must learn how to interpret the signals as to when sex is an appropriate expectation. If not, one has to deal with the ramifications of prematurely taking a relationship to such a level. This could be problematic. But this is what to expect in this contemporary dating game.
When dating, sex will become an issue in any new relationship at some point. Whether it is discussing it or deciding “if” and “when” it will happen, the decision could be tricky. It seems that everyone has an opinion about the appropriateness of discussing sex or how long a couple should wait to have sex. But the only two people who know when the time is right are the two people who are dating.
How soon should a couple discuss sex? How long should a couple wait before having sex? These are two questions that have been debated by columnist, psychologists, doctor, clergies and others. Like stated before, everyone has an opinion about “your” relationship. Only “you” and “your” partner have the answer to these questions. Some things to consider to aid in the decision are:
- Do you really know each other well?
- Are you really comfortable with each other?
- Why do you want sex?
- Are you both ready?
After the discussion and before the decision, one should think safety first. If a couple does decide to embark on a sexual relationship, use common sense and protect “you”. Using a condom is an effective way to ward off most sexually transmitted diseases. Really getting to know a partner and getting tested beforehand together will ease a lot of worries and discover health issues unseen by the naked eye. Always practicing safe sex should not be ignored; not only is it smart, it could save a life – yours.
Everyone who dates will have to make his or her own decision about dating and sex. One should always make sure he or she knows everything they need to know and always take their partner’s feelings into consideration as well. One should always protect his or her emotions as well as their bodies.