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What Do You Miss About Dating When You're in a Relationship?

What Do You Miss About Dating When You're in a Relationship?

Jennifer Love Hewitt, recently single and out with a new book today, has hit the talk-show circuit to discuss her love life. On The Today Show this morning, JLH lamented the fact that she's back on the dating scene, explaining:

"I don't think anyone truly enjoys dating. I'm better in relationships than I am going out with one guy on a Monday and then another one on a Wednesday and another one on a Saturday. It feels weird to me."

I know a lot of people share Jennifer's sentiment because, let's face it, dating can get exhausting. But it's a bit of a stretch to say nobody truly enjoys dating! I have friends who genuinely appreciate the process of getting to know potential love interests. After one of my friends ended a three-year relationship, she was so excited to explore her city by going out to new restaurants, checking out shows, or grabbing drinks with all sorts of different guys. If things don't work out in the long run, it can't hurt to make new friends and hopefully learn a little bit more about yourself in the process.

Since JLH is newly single, it seems like she's having a case of the grass is always greener. So let's flip it around. When you're in a relationship, what do you miss most about casual dating?

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searching-soul searching-soul 5 years
I'm happy to be in a relationship. The only thing is with a date if you're really tired, not in the mood or not ready for anything more than a friendship you can send him home. with a boyfriend that you live with, when you want the bed to yourself for a night or some space you can't just banish him.I do miss that alone time and having the bed to myself sometimes because he tosses and turns. Lol Other than that I'm very happy to be in a relationship and definitely glad to be out of the dating game. Chance for a lot of bad dates when I'm single.
Dojilah Dojilah 6 years
FEELING THAT WE WERE BETTER OFF. THAT YOU AND HIM OF HER WERE ALWAYS INTO EACHOTHER BE4 YALL STARTED TO DATE. I HATE IT WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER AND CAN'T WAIT TO BREAK UP. WHEN A WEAK AGO IT WAS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE WAY.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Flirting. Dressing up. First kisses. That feeling of "Maybe he likes me back!" Getting out of my comfort zone. Having the option to stay firmly IN my comfort zone some weekends. Hugs that go on for too long. Laughing about bad dates. .....you know, having *adventures!*
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Flirting.Dressing up.First kisses.That feeling of "Maybe he likes me back!"Getting out of my comfort zone.Having the option to stay firmly IN my comfort zone some weekends.Hugs that go on for too long.Laughing about bad dates......you know, having *adventures!*
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
The crazy places your imagination goes before you actually go there. In other words, the mystery.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
The crazy places your imagination goes before you <i>actually</i> go there. In other words, the mystery.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 6 years
Absolutely nothing.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 6 years
Absolutely nothing.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
Undressing together that first time!
Hiding55 Hiding55 6 years
Flirting.
Hiding55 Hiding55 6 years
Flirting.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
I am recently single again after a 9 year marriage, 10 year relationship. I have been on exactly 2 dates and i just dont know how to even act! I feel like i am coming off as crazy!! First kiss, is definitely the rush i missed while married...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
I am recently single again after a 9 year marriage, 10 year relationship. I have been on exactly 2 dates and i just dont know how to even act! I feel like i am coming off as crazy!!First kiss, is definitely the rush i missed while married...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
The anticipation, the first kiss, the thrill.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
Definitely the thrill of the chase.
kmbieker kmbieker 6 years
Free meals! For equality's sake, I pay for half the meals when I'm in a relationship, but I've been known to go on dates while single just because I didn't want to go grocery shopping :) (but I wouldn't give up my boyfriend for all the free meals in the world)
kmbieker kmbieker 6 years
Free meals! For equality's sake, I pay for half the meals when I'm in a relationship, but I've been known to go on dates while single just because I didn't want to go grocery shopping :)(but I wouldn't give up my boyfriend for all the free meals in the world)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Having no in-laws. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Having no in-laws. :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I've been in a relationship for three years, but before that I loved first dates! I think it's because of all the fun and anticipation of a first date, picking out the outfit etc. I even like bad dates because they yield some awesome stories! That said, my boyfriend took me on the best first date of my life, and has made it totally worth it to give up dating!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I've been in a relationship for three years, but before that I loved first dates! I think it's because of all the fun and anticipation of a first date, picking out the outfit etc. I even like bad dates because they yield some awesome stories! That said, my boyfriend took me on the best first date of my life, and has made it totally worth it to give up dating!
Pistil Pistil 6 years
When you're newly single the world is your oyster. It's fun to meet new people and potential love interests. Of course that can get stale after a while. I don't miss the stress of deciding who you want to pursue or the game playing that dating can entail.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
kismekate, that first kiss, definitely. I love the anticipation of getting to know someone physically, and I love the mystery of not knowing someone well. Once you're in a serious relationship, you know everything about each other. I guess I just like new things, I like shopping and I like meeting men. I guess that's how I'll know if I ever find 'the one', I just won't want anyone new anymore. I've been in love three times, but I knew the whole time that none of them were 'the one.'
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