You go out on a first date with someone who's handsome, fun, and nice. You're having so much fun, you don't want the night to end. So, you invite him back to your place, you have great sex, and fall asleep feeling yummy. After a quick morning coffee the next morning, you say an awkward goodbye and vaguely confirm that you'll "be in touch." At this point, all those satisfied feelings from the night before turn into a knot of uncertainty. Was it just a hookup or the beginning of something more?
It's obvious at this point: Sex is no longer an indicator that a relationship is getting serious. In fact, it doesn't imply a relationship at all. In a May 2016 survey, Relationup (an app that provides live relationship advice) revealed that 59 percent of men and women thought hooking up on the first date had no impact on whether it would evolve into a long-term relationship. Despite this, 72 percent of the women and 34 percent of the men surveyed admitted that they have difficulties managing the post-hookup relationship.
If you're not sure you're ready to handle a hookup, that's totally OK. It's not for everyone. But if you do think you want to venture into the fray, here are four tips for minimizing the potential for awkwardness or hurt feelings and maximizing the potential for fun.