There are a lot of different life factors that could lead someone to want to explore dating with no strings attached. Heck, that's the whole plot of a ton of movies, and for good reason! Hooking up with people can teach you a lot about your sexuality that you can't learn from anywhere else, and that's pretty neat. If you're going to start dating to hook up with people, there are a few things that could be helpful to keep in mind.
When putting yourself out there in any dating capacity, it can be helpful to develop some mantras or ideas to reassure and guide you along your path. Dating to hook up can feel super freeing, but it's not without its fine print.
I attempted this in college and went on a few cycles of monotonous dates with people that weren't very thrilling in person (or in bed for that matter). I was going on these dates and then hooking up afterward, and I always left feeling kind of ticked or bored by the experience. It wasn't until I sat down and talked to a friend about this that I realized that, yes, I wanted to be hooking up with people — but I was going on dates with people who weren't looking for what I was looking for. They were dating with the intention of dating, and therefore, we weren't really matching up. Once I realized this, I made sure to communicate to matches on dating apps, and things started feeling a lot more in sync.
For more ways to make sure this new phase is a great experience for you, consider reminding yourself of the following mantras.