Dating a friend is widely recognized to be a pursuit fraught with potential complications. I learned this lesson the hard way when I started dating a friend in high school. Not only were we good friends, but our families were also extremely close and had been for years. When we broke up nine months later, all the usual post-breakup awkwardness and bitterness were multiplied tenfold by the fact that we were forced to hang out whenever our families got together, which was often. On the flip side, when we rekindled the flame after college, our friendship and the friendship between our families became one of the best parts about our more-than-friendship. We had a shared history, our siblings adored each other and we even went on a few joint-family vacations.
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Remember when you guys wanted me and Ryan to date? Well, neither of us wanted to transform that. Nice try, though. Did I throw you for a second with that headline and the photo? My friend J is mad-crushing on her guy friend.
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Sign up today. Ditto for those years when you were a parent of growing kids. But now that you've reached a new stage of life — and maybe have relocated or retired — making new acquaintances can be a little trickier.
Two summers ago in the height of the sweltering Austin summer, I met someone new on Match. He was very clear about wanting to approach his online dating experience as friends first. We discussed what this would entail when we met. He had a very thought-out, rational reason for this approach. I was skeptical that this approach would work for me, but I was so impressed with his reasoning that I decided to give him a chance.