Tips on love and dating

Whether it's someone you're meeting online or it's someone your friends know, aim to drop the things you know about them and start fresh.

Don't ask your friends to tell you everything they can because you can end up with a tainted view of what to expect.

resize=768:*" /"First dates are best kept quick and noncommittal for both parties—unless you've known each other for a while. Opt for something that gives you both an easy out, like lunch or a drink.

All she needs to do to maintain my interest is…be awesome. It's hard to get the sense that I'm getting to know someone when I'm tasked with doing all the talking.

On the flip side though, it's a rough night when a girl goes on about herself at length without asking me anything about myself.

You don't want him to think you expected it." —Josh F."The food you choose on dates says volumes about your character.

Dainty foods (read: salads) seem to have a low correlation to fun and enjoyment.

If it doesn't happen in the beginning, he'll think it'll never happen." —Tyler L."It can take the edge off to meet with a group of friends.

Invite your guy and his crew to hang in a big group.

Half the fun of going out is getting to know someone new, so allow yourself to let that happen organically." —Oliver B."Please don't compare us to your exes—out loud or even in your head.

Sometimes horror stories about them can make for fun discussion, but don't ever bring your ex into the conversation if it's not called for.

"Please don't assume we're going to the nicest restaurant in the city because I won't take you there.

I'll take you to a dive bar with amazing burgers to see how you react.

If you are dating someone who doesn’t have a personal relationship with Christ, you are playing with fire. Don’t let the relationship progress to a physical point and then hope you can cut it off later. You need all the help you can get in today’s world. Do you depend on Him to meet your needs of love and security?