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  1. Melina Elisa says

    I take relationship advice with a grain of salt. I know my closest friends want the best for me when they give me advice, and so I take their advice to heart. In terms of what you find online and in books and magazines, I don’t really listen to it, even though I still get some kind of enjoyment from reading it! I don’t think that relationship advice found in books is real. Most of it is all just a game. Yeah, you’ll find someone, but not someone who’ll genuinely like the real you. Great post Laura xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • LauraJ says

      I love that you said that. I get enjoyment from random advice on books and magazines as well, even though I read it and don’t really believe in it. Sometimes it’s interesting.
      Thank you for reading Melina! xxx

  2. K.M. Sutton says

    Because of stereotypical gender relationship roles, I always joke that I am the man. I want my man to have a life, and I abhor when I get a gazillion text messages a day. I don’t need to see him every single day and I cherish my space. Because of all of this, I legit hate dating advice books of any kind. What men see as “games” because these books promote them, is just me having a life, and wanting them to as well. That said, I still want a man who is romantic and chivalrous. but at the same time none of my expectations are mutually exclusive.
    As always you have given great food for thought 🙂 <3

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you for reading girl! This is a lovely point. There’s this assumption that women are the ones who always want to talk more or text all the time.
      It’s an annoying steoreotype for those who don’t, and also the fact that some men can over communicate. Like really over communicate! x

  3. Paolo B. says

    Dating has changed so much in the last decade it’s crazy. Times change though pretty soon no one will remember what dating was like before the digital age. I think good advice is good advice if it helps you better yourself. Opinions are great to hear to broaden your views but sometimes a lot isn’t applicable to you particularly situation. Also as you mentioned love does effect your judgement, a lot. Happens to the best of us. Oh the cringeworthy memories…haha Live and learn though right?

    • LauraJ says

      I sometimes think how my little sisters will date in another 8 years or so. I imagine they will find it strange to make phone calls or something.
      I’ve had some cringeworthy memories! As a teenager, I just thought I’d found the one and that was it. Now I look back and just think, what did we even have in common?!
      Thank you for reading Paolo!

  4. thatfeelinginside says

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who always gets roped into texting a boy when I’m told not to. Dating is so confusing and like trying to get used to ‘rules’ are messing with my head so much! that dress looks amazing btw xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!! I hate the rules! Everyone practically has their phone by their side all day, and so it seems silly to wait around for like 3 days whatever, just to message.
      I also feel the rules create blame for women. There’s this immediate assumption to think – you texted too much or you were too needy. What about the guy being too relaxed and not making effort?
      Everytime something ends with a guy, I naturally assume it’s all my fault, when it’s an equal partnership.
      I really appreciate you reading xx

      • thatfeelinginside says

        Exactly!! I dont get it at all like if you want to talk to me just make the effort to do it. I constantly feel like I’m too needy or being too clingy just because I’ve sent too many texts, it’s so annoying. I know right? Why is all the blame on us? Always love your posts gal xx

  5. thelonelyauthorblog says

    Happy you brought up the digital age. All the old rules have gone out the window. I see people on romantic dates, and they’re each on the phone instead of talking to one another.

    As for the rules; they have always favored men. Hopefully, the digital age will help to change things as women better inform themselves. By the way gorgeous dress.

    • LauraJ says

      I think it’s such a shame that some people go out to dates and use their phones at dinner. The only exception in my book, is if they are actually checking something together or showing a photo etc.
      The rules definitely favour men, minus that men traditionally are expected to pay for the first date etc, and take the time to ‘woo’ a woman. I really don’t like all the dating apps out right now. It feels like romance has become this fleeting thing. Thank you Andrew for reading!

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