How to Know Which Dating Advice to Ignore

Sure, they're just trying to help. But sometimes you need to filter out all that well-meaning -- but dubious -- dating advice.


  • Step 1: Steer clear of those who trot out the same old cliches and relationship myths, like "never go to bed angry." Most couples have broken all the rules at least once.
  • FACT: A 2003 study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that 34 percent of all women over 40 prefer dating younger men.
  • Step 2: Don't trust the advice of people who portray their relationships, and lives in general, as perfect. No relationships, or the people in them, are perfect.
  • Step 3: Avoid advice from those in bad relationships. Just because they gave their cheating partner another chance doesn't mean you should!
  • Step 4: Be leery of friends or family who always say what you want to hear. By trying to please you, they probably won't be objective enough to give you good advice.
  • TIP: Talking to parents and grandparents can often be more helpful than talking to peers. Remember, they've often been where you are and have successfully lived through several relationships.
  • Step 5: Pass on the helpful hints of a perennially single friend who desperately yearns to be in a relationship themselves. If their advice worked, they would probably have found someone.

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