In the wake of the #metoo movement, it seems more young singles are scared and confused when it comes to dating.
According to a report by MarketWatch, the fears of flirting are forming following the facts of the scandal.
One relationship coach we spoke to said the concerns in the dating world may have changed, but the etiquette is about the same. Unfortunately, we're talking about things as simple as who's paying the check or whether it’s okay to hold hands on dates.
Relationship Coach J.R. Taylor says, when you try to find that special someone, go with your gut.
“Trust your instincts. That's so important,” he said. “If you're feeling fear again, take a moment, but validate, qualify those fears. If you have them, talk about it, communicate.”
He said it's not uncommon for men and women to be skeptical, especially in the digital dating age that we live in. However, he suggests embracing the technology that’s at your fingertips.
“If you haven't been dating, educate yourself, empower yourself. Really take a moment. Google is your friend. I mean, truly, it won’t take long,” Taylor added.
Taylor said even though the #metoo movement may be bleeding into the dating pool and causing concern, those worried can just go back to basics.
“Some people rather are worried now about doing the right thing. You have the answer within you. You know what to do,” he said.
Taylor said while men may worry about crossing boundaries and women worry about inappropriate behavior, you can always go old-school.
"I think the best thing to do before actually meeting someone in person is to have a couple phone calls. If they have an aversion to a phone call you're probably not going to want to meet them in person," Taylor said.
He added that aside from getting to know someone the old-fashioned way, try to avoid alcohol on first dates. And when in doubt, communicate: A key, of course, to every relationship.