Alternative Relationships

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This article is about some types of alternative relationships, why they are popular, what they involve, and where you can find one that will fit your lifestyle. Use these dating tips to see if one is right for you.

Have you noticed the rise in popularity over the last couple of years of alternative relationships?

Alternative relationships can cover a lot of territory. I guess another common phrase for them would be non-traditional relationships.

If you want to get right down to finding one – just visit this site and have a look around.

I’m talking about something besides a steady dating partner or spouse. The type of arrangement that used to be almost unheard of but is now becoming common.

Just look at the popularity of Backpage and Backpage alternative sites; that is social proof of the phenomenon.

What Are Alternative Relationships?

A few examples would be:

  • Casual Datingfling sidebar image
    This type of non-traditional relationship is usually just a date between two people who see each other somewhat regularly. But they don’t have any great connection to each other outside of their occasional meet up. They may have an on-going relationship but it is not exclusive. Often times, these are people who met during a “one-time” hookup, They then decided to have repeat casual dating encounters.
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  • Sex Dating\Casual Dating
    This is pretty much what it sounds like. Two people hookup just for a sexual encounter. Sometimes they might decide to see each other again. They can enter into something like a casual dating relationship.
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  • Friends With Benefits
    These are people who already have a connection as friends in the traditional way. They both decide to add a sexual aspect to the alternative relationship, often just for convenience. Having a friend with benefits can be a pretty sweet arrangement. But it can be hard to maintain and it can get messy. It’s helps to follow a set of rules – like these.
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  • No Strings Attached Dating
    This is kind of a cross between casual dating and friends with benefits.
    This kind of arrangement is mainly about the sex. But it might also include just having someone to do something with. Things like going to the movies or to a party. Even though there is a relationship there, it is non-exclusive. Normally in no strings dating, there are no obligations between the partners aside from the time spent together.

The Popularity Of Alternative Dating:

Even though there are many more types of alternative relationships; those are the four main types. And they are fast gaining in popularity today among guys and among women looking for men.

More and more people are deciding that they just don’t have time or need for a more traditional dating arrangement. They might be busy with school or building a career. They might be single parents and not ready to bring someone else into that dynamic. Or maybe they just got out of a long term relationship and they just aren’t ready for another one.

The common factor is that even though they don’t want a steady partner; they still want someone to do some things with. It’s not always just about sex and intimacy, but it often is.

Just a few years ago being able to find someone for such an arrangement was pretty hard. Society had certain rules and there was a negative perception of any kind of dating relationship that wasn’t “normal”.

However, people have changed, their needs and wants have changed. Relationships have changed and society is changing right along with all of that.

Today, alternative relationships are becoming more common. More so among certain age groups than the old-style variety.

But Who Seeks Alternative Arrangements?

Surprisingly to me, inline Red CTA imagethe popularity of alternative dating arrangements and online resources like matchmaking and dating sites is growing fastest among older adults. The fastest growth is among people in the 50+ age group.

Behind them, the 20 – 30 year olds are most likely to opt out of a conventional relationship in favor of an alternative relationship.

Fortunately, finding like-minded people who want the same kind of dating situation that you do has become pretty easy.

How Can They Be Found?

Here are a few suggestions for finding a partner, no matter what kind of alternative relationship you want:

  • Check your local newspaper for personals ads – there’s a good chance you’ll find others in your area looking for the same thing that you are.
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  • See if your town has speed dating events – that’s a great way to meet several people in a single day and quickly find out what they are searching for.
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  • Look into matchmaking sites like Match dot com or e-Harmony – not everyone using those sites is looking for a life partner.
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  • Web-based personals ads like Craigslist or Craigslist personals alternatives are available everywhere – just be careful and use them with a healthy dose of skepticism – not everyone is who or what they claim to be.
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  • Use online dating and hookup sites – these can be down and dirty and searchable according to the kind of people you want to meet. If it’s just all about the sex, or the best way to get laid; this is your easy button.

Is It Just About Sex?

So maybe you just need someone to accompany you to the office Christmas party. Maybe you like to go to plays or movies but hate to go alone. Or maybe you need an occasional partner for sex and just don’t want the responsibilities of a long term, steady partner.

Consequently, alternative relationships may well be the answer to your needs.

No matter what your wants and needs happen to be at this point in time, you have options for finding the perfect partner, and the perfect solution.

Check out the suggestions mentioned above.
Chances are that you will be able to find exactly the kind of arrangement that you are looking for.

This article is about “modern” dating, obviously. But old-school relationships are still alive and well.

You can also find them in all of the ways listed above; and here’s a good place to start looking for that: visit here.

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