Hey all. So I've entered the dating market at this later age (yes, virgin too._.) and as such, feel humbled by all the things I need to do/learn and wonder if I even have a chance after most of my peers have been dating/having relationships since high school.
To that end, I have a few questions about how everything works, as well as some advice questions. Please let me know if there's anything else important that I should know before jumping into this. Thanks in advance!
Dating in general:
-How much does the fact that I'm inexperienced matter, especially with the right person? Is clumsiness and inexperience always a turn-off/dealbreaker? Can I "sell" my inexperience (that is, spin it into a positive)?
-How do I know when to progress/make a move in a relationship? I'm concerned here with when/if to ask for a second date, when to go in for that first kiss, how to respond to/initiate intimacy (especially in the bedroom), etc. I'm guessing this mainly deals with emotion but I feel that a bit of know-how wouldn't hurt.
-How can I avoid awkwardness when talking to someone? What should I even talk about on a date? Are awkward silences forgivable if the person likes me enough?
-What newbie mistakes should I be wary of? How can I come off the right way in the midst of being anxious about finding a relationship? The last thing I want to do is come off as insecure/clingy/creepy, or as ignorant/cold.
-What's some good advice when building an online profile? Looking for advice with pics, "about me" sections, etc. here
-How should I go about sending that first message? I know that I should say something funny/about their interests, but what else?
-How long should I wait to suggest meeting up? Any ideas as to where to suggest (I'm guessing something casual?)?
-Haven't done this before. Anything I should know going in?
-How deep in over my head/far behind am I in the idea of starting to date at this age?
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No one is going to answer all this, don't overthink it. Everyone has a unique situation and unique experiences, just be comfortable with who you are and if the relationship is right then she will accept you as you are.1