The main differences between dating in your teenage years vs dating in your 20s

October 26, 2016
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It’s amazing how much the dating world can change in the space of a few years. While we might be nostalgic about some parts of our carefree teenage years, our dating lives is not something we’ll miss. These are the main differences of dating when you reach your 20s (and why it’s so much better).

You become a lot pickier about the date location

As a teenager, you're happy for a date at the movies. In fact, it was probably your number one and only choice. You picked a movie, hoped for a back row seat and maybe held hands or started kissing and forgot what the movie was about.

Now if your date wants to go to the movies on your first date, you try to think of ideas on how to get out of it as fast as you can… Unless they're taking you to some kind of cool underwater cinema or something rad like that, ain’t no way you’re going to have a cheesy date at Event Cinema.

You also become waaaay pickier about who you're dating

Back in the day, it was normal to just date whoever you knew. You didn’t know that many people so you didn’t have much choice. Whether it was a guy at your school or a mutual friend of someone you knew from school, you were probs just interested in whoever was single and cool at the time.

Thankfully, your standards have (probably) lifted. Instead of wanting to date the most popular person in school, your choices have a bit more substance.

You would have never considered online dating

It’s a bit of a taboo in high school, which is probs a good thing. If you heard of anyone on a dating app, you always said it wasn’t for you – you’d prefer to meet someone organically IRL. In this sense, your high standards have probably dropped as you switch between Tinder, Bumble and Happn, trying to sift through the crap to find someone worthy of dating.

Saying ‘I Love You’ is a much bigger deal

Remember when you got “serious” with someone and after two weeks, your boyfie/girlfie at the time would drop the L bomb? At the time you thought hey, maybe it’s a bit soon, but this feels so real so I’m going to go for it.

Oh man. If someone says ‘I love you’ after two weeks now, you’d be outta there so damn fast. The difference now is you can be seeing someone for months before you start officially dating and it’s a game of chicken as to who says the L word first, if at all.

You don’t need your parents to drop you to your date

Thank God we got over that stage. Having your parents drop you and pick you up was super embarrassing, but there often wasn’t any other way. If that happened now, it’d be even more excruciating. If you were lucky enough to have the freedom of having a car and your Ps, your parents would still drill you on every single detail. Thankfully now they don’t have to know where you’re going all the time or even know Tinder exists (because they’d probs still be slightly worried).