Men. For a three-letter word, it sure has a lot of twists, turns, personalities, and outcomes.
By the time you turn 25 -- if you tested the waters frequently in your dating life -- then you have an idea of where you'll never tread again.
Dating is a lot like a seat belt; either you click, or you don't. And if you don't, there are consequences.
But, enough with the symbolism. It's all a growing process to help you figure out what you like and want in a relationship.
If you're 25 or older, you've probably already formulated your own seven deadly dating sins of men. The ones who gave you a hell of an experience, literally.
These are the different types of guys you'll never date again once you hit 25.
1. The Cling-anator
Nothing is worse than a clingy man who doesn't let you have your own independence.
Being overly clingy ruined my want to be around someone. They were always concerned with what I was doing when I wasn't with them.
At first, it can seem a little cute and make you feel wanted, but ultimately, you risk letting someone clip your wings so they can feel comfortable and content with their own insecurities.
So, in the name of Frozen, let it go.
2. The physically attractive, but mentally bland guy
I don't believe in love at first sight. It's more of a like at first sight.
In my book, you may see someone who catches your attention, and then once you get to know that person, the love factor can potentially happen.
But because we are cursed with this appearance-first aspect, it can lead to trouble. If a guy can't hold a conversation like he does a mirror, then it's a lost cause when it comes to dating.
3. The label lover
No, ladies aren't the only people who love titles. Men do it, too.
No one should want to label everything right off the bat. Now, there are exceptions to this provoked paranoia. But for the most part, things should be natural, and not forced on anyone.
4. The irrevocable bad boy
Look, many of us want to experience the bad boy who wears a leather jacket, regardless of what season it is. It's enticing, and I blame the movies for over-fantasizing the very existence of bad boys.
Sooner or later, though, I found the rush the bad boy gave me faded because there wasn't a "what's next?" factor.
Like, for how long will you be bad? Should I purchase Bad Boy Protection Insurance? The questions were endless.
5. The controlling guy
I can honestly say the controlling guy gave me the most trouble.
No one likes to feel caged, especially in a voluntary activity like dating. Society already puts us in so many other situations where we feel like we don't have control over our lives. We don't need it in our relationships.
6. The guy who's an emotional roller coaster
On the one hand, there's nothing wrong with expressing how you feel and wearing your heart on your sleeve; that makes you human.
On the other hand, not everything should provoke World War III from your emotional battlefield.
I once dated someone who treated everything like a soap opera. I had to force myself not to yell “cut” at the end of his consistent soapbox moments.
I'm no director, but I knew that kind of emotional dispensing won't get you anywhere besides incredibly exhausted.
7. The culturally immature type
Yes, there's such a thing as being culturally immature.
That being said, a guy doesn't have to have a degree in all of the cultures in the world, but he should be open to understanding what they're all about before speaking on them.
Because of how vast and skewed the world is right now, there's no room for dating someone who doesn't step out of their own box and realize people and cultures experience life differently.
He should be open to understanding, instead of simply content with what only his identity goes through.
30 is right around the corner, and while we will never entirely have our sh*t together, we can at least attempt to set our own yes and no's in our dating lives.
Only a select few people get it right on the first try. For the rest of us, we just have to keep swinging until we land our home run.