Casual dating is like the free-spirited sibling of serious relationships. It’s about enjoying the dating journey without the heavy baggage. Casual dating is when people engage in romantic or sexual interactions without a serious commitment. It should be like having all the fun of the relationship without getting emotionally too involved.

So, let’s lay down some groovy casual dating rules to keep the good vibes flowing:

1. “Chill Vibes Only” Rule: Keep it relaxed- no drama allowed here. Casual dating is the hammock of love – swing gently, no need to rush.

2. “Heart on the Table” Rule: Lay your cards out, honestly. What are your expectations in this relationship? If this is a non-string attached one for you, let the other know so that you can be on the same page with this. Communication is Key here!

3. “Respect the Tempo” Rule: Discuss and establish boundaries, both emotional and physical. Define what is acceptable and what’s not in the relationship.  Dance at a pace that suits both partners. No one wants a tango when they signed up for a salsa.

4. “Respect and Safety” Rule: Always obtain and respect each other’s consent, especially when it comes to physical intimacy. Ensure that both parties are comfortable and willing.

5. “Use Protection” Rule: If the relationship becomes sexual, practice safe sex and use protection to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.

6. “NO-Jealousy Rule”: Understand that casual dating often involves seeing other people. Be prepared for the possibility that your partner may be dating others and manage your emotions accordingly. You can either keep your cool and boogie on or decide that casual dating is not for you.

7. “Keep It Light Rule”: Playfulness is what causal relationship is all about. The primary goal of casual dating is to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Avoid pressuring the other person for a more serious commitment.

8. “Be Ready for Change Rule”: Casual dating can evolve at any time! It can become steamy hot and serious, or iced-cold overnight. Be prepared and open to different outcomes and willing to adapt.

9. “Regular Check-Ins Rule”: Are you still in sync? It’s good practice to periodically check in with each other to ensure that you’re still on the same page and that both parties are still comfortable with the arrangement.

Casual dating is like a dance, where the rules are more like groovy moves. Remember though, dance moves and rules will vary depending on the individuals involved. What’s most important is that both of you feel comfortable, respected, and understand the nature of the relationship. 

So, put on your dancing shoes and let your heart sway to the casual dating rhythm!

Anna Hamboulla
Psychologist and Psychotherapist
ECP Accredited, PCA Supervisor