After a while we start to get a little too comfortable. We realise that person isn't going to breakup with us for some of our tiny idiosyncracies and that they love us for who we are. Who we really are (ahem) right?
I want to cover the seven things to give up if you want to just chill out about the whole online dating thing and start enjoying it for what it is, an opportunity to meet single people who you quite fancy the look of.
Myself and my small, close-knit ring of friends devoured the likes of Bliss, Sugar and J-17 for all our boy/girl insights and on occasion the more risky mag Look to study up on the Position of the Fortnight. Heady days indeed.
Sex that we're familiar with, is focused on the few seconds event of orgasm, whereas this work focuses on reconnecting us to the innate sensitivity within our own bodies inside, and then from this place, connecting with our partner.
When someone dies we are often shocked. Even if that person is ill and therefore their passing is expected to be imminent, I am still yet to lose a loved one to an illness and not be a bit surprised. I am taken aback, maybe slightly affronted.
I celebrate Pride every day that I wake up with my girlfriend. Pride consumes my every movement. My every achievement. My struggle lifts me beyond all I thought possible. I accept that my pride is what makes me different, but also just the same.
The Mating Market Model explains the phenomenon; prior to marriage, weight maintenance is motivated primarily by the desire to attract a mate (Sobal, 1984). After marriage? There is pizza.
The seismic shift in the UK's view on LGBT people has transformed the experience of Pride from protest to parade. Bystanders no longer jeer and stare open mouthed- they cheer and celebrate with us on this day of overt visibility and expression. This is to be welcomed in a world where many are still ridiculed, persecuted and killed for being LGBT.
A lot of men worry that a vasectomy will lead to a reduction in sexual performance or desire - not surprising really when in some cultures they use the same word for vasectomy and castration! But it can actually improve your sex life because of the peace-of-mind it brings.
For some couples who long for a baby, and for many single women and lesbian couples, donor sperm is the only way they will be able to conceive - but when they visit their local fertility clinic, they may find that they are advised to consider using sperm imported from donors in the United States or Denmark.
Two years ago we heard it was in the making (you know, only 52 years after the female pill), and now we have a name and a date. It's called Vasalgel, it may hit the market in 2017 and is being developed by the Parsemus Foundation.
The question of 'why isn't there more male nudity on TV?' also seems to get asked every so often, mostly from an entertainment perspective but what if that could actually achieve far more? Could it help a lot of anxious and unhappy men realise that they are actually perfectly normal?
Female sexual desire is undeniably complex, but the existence of an approved treatment will at least allow women to feel that they have an option, and post approval, the expected tsunami of associated advertising will help to raise awareness about female sexual health in general and female sexual dysfunction in particular.
Everyone is online dating now, from your old head-teacher, to the guy who runs the corner shop. The prevalence of cool, new dating apps and websites means that hundreds of people in your neighbourhood and beyond, with similar interests and tastes, are literally at your fingertips.
I flirt to get a seat on a busy train or to avoid a three deep queue at a bar, I use flirting as a way of connecting with people and yes, with my boss - because I can, it's fun, and seeing how easily men are manipulated by a double entendre about boobs never fails to amuse me.
After a day of having a limpet stuck to me; grabbing at my hair, my face, wiping dribble on me, gnawing on my shoulder, fish-hooking me, pulling my hair, feeding from me; the last thing I want is ANY MORE TOUCHING PLEASE. And it's hard having to explain this to your partner, it really is.