Dating 101: 5 Questions To Ask When Dating

Time is a finite resource. Nothing lasts forever. My time is one of my most valuable resources, so I’m generally very intentional on how/where I invest it, especially when it comes to dating.

I live my life with purpose. So I don’t want to waste my time and energy on dating a woman with different relationship goals. It’s not about wanting someone who agrees with me on everything, but wanting someone who lives a life that is in alignment with how I live mine.

7 out of 10 ‘single and looking’ Americans say their dating lives are not going well.

February 2022 Pew Research Center survey

Dating has evolved and is evolving. It will never be the same as it was prior to social media and dating apps. Studies show online dating is linked with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and rejection.

The purpose of dating is to share your life with someone and grow together. You can’t expect someone who is coming into your life to meet all your needs. They can’t be your lover, best friend, mentor, therapist, dating coach, breadwinner and support system. Like the song says, “only fools rush in”. So patience is key.

Communication is so important in a relationship. I believe in addressing red flags and acknowledging deal breakers in the beginning. It’s wise to be direct and ask questions. It’s unwise to make assumptions and think someone will potentially become a different person in the future. Get to know who they are in the present.

If I am interested in dating someone, I need to know…

Why Are You Single?

I need to know the reasons why an attractive woman is single. The reasons matter. And, it is never because it isn’t enough available men. That’s a lie. A lot of beautiful women are single because they have issues. They may have a toxic personality, bad attitude, controlling, egotistical, lazy, struggling financially or in debt… you name it.

The reason why someone is single will give you insight on who they are, how their relationship choices align with how they present themselves, and it may highlight any trauma they have been through.

Why Do You Want To Date?

Everyone has a different reason why they want to date. It would be naive to assume every woman who finds me attractive wants what I want. Many single women only want a relationship if it serves their needs. Even Black-ish TV actress Tracee Ellis Ross said in a recent interview, “I would love a relationship that makes my life better than it is. I have no interest in just being in a relationship.”

Many adults have lost hope in finding real love. This hopeless attitude along with the fear of divorce has caused many singles to be negative or indifferent towards dating. They have little or nothing to offer anyone, except sex, and only seek the type of relationships which benefit them.

Why Are You Attracted To Me?

Some may find this question difficult to answer. As they may not be intelligent enough to express their feelings verbally, or they could be unwilling to be vulnerable and transparent. I truly believe the reasons why someone is attracted to me holds lesser importance than the reasons why I’m attracted to them. Nevertheless, this question will give someone the opportunity to communicate their feelings. And, this question is a conversation starter; it will open the door to more questions.

What Type of Lifestyle Do You Live?

More people are getting divorced due to irreconcilable differences and lifestyle preferences.

Recently, I dated a woman who was attracted to me, but when she found out some of my close friends were white or were Republican, she quickly dismissed me. If I knew she was a closet racist in the beginning, then we would have never dated, and I would’ve saved a lot of time & money 🙂 .

In all seriousness, a person’s lifestyle will dictate what they invest their time into and the things they value the most. Understanding how someone invests their time can ultimately tell you if they are in a position to put energy into a new relationship. Quality time is one of my love languages, so knowing a woman’s lifestyle is very important, as I will not date someone who is already married to their career or their personal hobbies.

What Does Family Mean To You? Are You Open To Having Children?

God made it so that it takes two people to create children and create family. Despite what some may believe, I feel an ideal family household consists of a father, a mother and children.

This is a deal breaker question for me. It’s all about compatibility. As my desire to have a family and children are the top reasons why I even consider dating. It surprises me how many women who want to be married yet don’t want to have children at all.

Compatibility is important, especially if you are open to dating outside of your race or someone from a different culture. Everyone has different life experiences, values and priorities.

Many singles do not know what they want out of a relationship. I definitely want someone who’s special. Here are two things which amaze me the most about dating are:

  • (1) the amount of women who want a committed relationship, but don’t want to get married. And,
  • (2) the amount of single Christian women who want to be married, but do not want children.

Hope this blog helps someone find the person they’re looking for. Be positive. Stay encouraged. Love isn’t something you find, love is like a seed, it is sown and reaped.

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Jason Perry

I'm a black man with Christian values. A father to my son, a friend to those who desire my friendship, a lover of life and even more...

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