And in that excitement, it’s easy to jump ahead and make some big dating mistakes. Here are nine things to avoid doing in the first month of dating: 1. Here’s a rule you can steal from “How I Met Your Mother”: “Never make plans with a date further in the future than the amount of time you’ve been going out.” Of course, in non-sitcom land, this rule gets voided once you’re in a serious, committed relationship — otherwise, no one could ever make marriage vows — but in the first month of dating, keep plans for the future at a minimum. [Insert Partner's Last Name Here]" on a notebook before saying the words out loud.
This is, of course, completely nonscientific data based on a few friends' relationships that I've witnessed get serious faster than Kylie got preggers and then implode moments later.
This should be a no-pressure time to get to know one another.
Keep your date from getting overwhelmed — and guard your own heart — by taking things slow. In the meantime, just keep things at “like” and reassure your date that you’re interested in moving forward. It can come across as too eager — or worse, desperate.
(LTK): What happens after two people decide they want to spend time together in a dating context?
(LG): Stage two is the romantic stage and usually lasts for two to three months.