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Do Tell: How Long Should You Wait After a Breakup to Date Again?


A good friend of mine was dating his girlfriend for over two years. Even though they lived together, I never thought she was right for him. They'd fight all the time, break up, and then get back together — it was exhausting.

I was happy when he told me they ended it for good and that she was moving out, but later that week, I saw him at a restaurant on a date with a new girl. Though he was technically single, I couldn't help but think it was a little soon to be dating again.

What do you think? Is there a certain amount of time you should wait before dating again out of respect for your ex, or is it completely OK to put yourself out there just as soon as your relationship is over? And does the amount of time you dated, or whether you were the dumper or the dumpee, change anything?

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