4 Realities Of Dating In Your 30s

4 Realities Of Dating In Your 30s

Dating in your 30s can be fairly different to dating in your 20s. After all, most people are looking for different things in their 30s – and past dating experiences can affect people in a lot of ways.

This isn’t to say that dating in your 30s isn’t fun. In fact, lots of people really enjoy the experience of dating as a 30something! However, there are some realities that are difficult to avoid.

Here are four funny, relatable realities that often happen when you’re dating in your 30s.

 

1. 4 Realities Of Dating In Your 30s: Conversations About Marriage And Children Come Up Quickly

When you are dating in your 20s the topic of marriage and babies rarely comes up. In fact, many people would (metaphorically) run away if someone in their 20s brought this topic up during the first few dates!

However it is fairly normal for singles in their 30s to discuss marriage and babies early on, especially if they know what they want. This makes it easier for people to find someone they are actually compatible with. After all, if you know you want children it would be a bit of a waste of time to spend 6 months exclusively dating someone, only to find out they never want to have children!

 

2. Your Family May Try To Get Involved

While this isn’t the case for everyone, for some people their families do get more involved in their dating life when they are over 30. This is often due to outdated societal expectations; in the past, many adults were married by 30. Now people tend to get married later in life, and casual dating can happen for years or even decades.

So if you are getting comments from your family, remind yourself that your dating timeline only has to work for you. Don’t feel any pressure to settle down with the next person who comes along. Instead, wait for someone you truly have a meaningful connection with.

 

3. You Might Encounter Some Emotional Baggage

If you are dating in your 30s, there is definitely a chance you will encounter emotional baggage (whether it is yours or someone else’s). This is because lots of people have emotional baggage, especially after over a decade of dating. For example, you may match with someone who has gone through a divorce. This doesn’t have to be a problem, but it is important to make sure that you and your date are both individually working on any baggage that you have.

 

4. You Might Have More Confidence

Various studies have found that generally people in their 30s have more confidence than people in their 20s. This is for a variety of reasons; they know themselves well, and they also know what they want in life. This can make dating much more enjoyable, as it means you are more likely to date people who you will genuinely have fun with. It also means that you are less likely to waste your time dating a walking red flag!

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