I really love dating. Sure, I complain about it to my friends (especially after a string of bad dates), but deep down, I really love the feeling of possibility that comes with meeting someone with whom I feel a spark. There is, however, one major exception, and that's when folks just aren't open about what they want, whether it's a relationship, or a hookup. All too often, it's easy for someone to string you along, but keeping your eyes open for behaviors that mean someone just wants to hook up might be a good way to guard your heart if you're looking for something more serious.
While apps have been a great addition to the world of dating in recent years, they have also added another layer of complexity to it, Clarissa Silva, behavioral scientist and relationship coach, tells Elite Daily. "While online dating has created more accessibility and a larger pool to date from, it also creates very confusing dating behaviors," she says, using ghosting and breadcrumbing as examples. Identifying which behaviors can indicate that you and your date are on the same page, whether that be for a quick hookup or something more lasting, can be really helpful. Knowing the difference can save you a lot of time and emotional energy, which, if you're dating, you already know are precious commodities.
With that in mind, here's how the experts say you can tell when someone is looking to hook up, based on their dating behaviors.