Look, I get that sometimes dipping into the dating world can be extremely nerve-racking and challenging, but sometimes it can be worth it.
I personally have closed myself off to the idea of dating many times, but here are some reasons why you shouldn't completely cut yourself off.
1. It can lead to more
I know in college most of us aren't looking for our future husband or wife just yet, but dating can always lead to more if you open your heart up to the idea of it.
2. Dating can sometimes be fun
Contrary to popular beliefs, going on dates can sometimes be worth it.
Think about it, you're meeting different people and just having a casual conversation.
Sometimes the dates can be terrible but at least you'll get a great story out of it.
3. Figure out what you like
You don't really know what type of man or women you like until you've dated around. Dating has taught me that I definitely don't want a gamer, partier or a man with no direction in life.
4. Social Skills
OK, we all know people that need to date to develop their social skills.
Dating is a great way to do that because it allows for you to work on those skills and figure out what is and isn't acceptable to talk about on dates. For example, you probably shouldn't be bringing up ex-relationships on your first date with a future mate.
5. Learn to flirt
Listen, I'm not a girl who's good at flirting but dating has allowed for me to learn how to be better at it.
I used to be the girl that would blush just when a semi-cute man would look my way, but now I can keep a flirty conversation going without getting red like a tomato... sometimes.
6. New Adventures
Sometimes when you decide to go on a date with someone they might surprise you and take you to a cool place, like a museum you've never been to or a fun park.
You should always be open to exploring on dates because you can really get to know a person when they show you their favorite adventures.
7. Isn't the one? That's ok
Maybe this person isn't the one but he or she is part of the journey to the one and those people count too. Before finding the person who you're meant to be with, you will encounter many other people first but they're also part of that journey and shouldn't be forgotten either.
I personally have shut down dating entirely lately, but thanks to some pretty amazing friends, I've realized that dating is important. Yeah you're going to stumble upon some pretty awful people while dating but one day it'll all work out, you just have to open your heart and know these things take time.