All single women should be dating multiple partners – here’s why
International relationship and dating expert Sami Wunder explains what rotational dating is and why we should all embrace it…
When we hear the term rotational dating what do we think of? Many of us instantly dismiss the idea because we assume this means sleeping with multiple partners.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Rotational dating is about spending time with more than one person, getting to know them, and only offering exclusivity to one who is ready to offer us the same commitment in return.
It’s one of the most powerful ways a single woman can enjoy dating and meet the love of her life quickly. This has become more important than ever in this modern, fast-paced world when many of us choose to settle down later in life.
Here’s why rotational dating should be the norm – and why we shouldn’t fear it.
What is rotational dating?
Put simply, the concept of rotational dating is dating more than one person at the same time, until we’ve found the one we want to commit to, and who wants to commit to us.
It’s up to us what this commitment looks like, as long as it makes us feel safe in the love of a partner. This may be becoming their girlfriend, moving in with them, or getting engaged.
Until we reach this point in a relationship, we keep our options open and go on “connection dates” with as many people as we like.
Is rotational dating about sex?
No. Connection dates are non-sexual – they are about meeting different people, to evaluate compatibility and find true, lasting love.
Cinema dates, walks in the park, coffee dates, visits to museums or exhibitions are all great examples of connection dates.
This allows us to chat to potential partners, get to know them, spend time with them, and, for as much as possible, avoid getting into the sexual zone with any of them.
With no time pressure, it helps us to find the partner who is the best fit for us in the long term without getting blindsided by quick sexual chemistry.
I’m always surprised when people think that rotational dating is too liberal or too forward – in fact it’s quite the opposite, it’s the modern alternative to the traditional days of “courting”.
Benefits of rotational dating
1/ It prevents us from focusing too much on a new partner
We’ve all been there – one date in and we’re thinking how cute our niece would look in that bridesmaid dress. We forget that the process of dating is about getting to know people, not jumping into quick relationships that play out better in our head than in reality.
When we meet someone we like, we tend to hyper-focus on them and obsess over when they’ll text or call, whether they’re into us, and if our parents will like them.
This person soon becomes the centre of our world before we’ve even had time to know if we’re compatible long term.
Sadly, the usual outcome is heartbreak when this person we’ve given our all to ghosts us at the two-month mark or tells us that it’s not us, it’s them.
Rotational dating helps to combat this by reducing the focus we have on any one person, until the time is right. Until then, we’re just dating, and keeping our options open.
Psychologically, this can have a big impact on how we approach the whole dating experience. When we get that text, we’re less likely to obsess over it. Those niggling feelings of insecurity – am I pretty enough? Am I good enough? Do they like me? – which seep in and can cause a potential partner to withdraw, are kept at bay.
This protects us from emotionally over-investing in someone who may not be right for us.
2/ We experience a whole range of people
Do you have a type? Most of us think we do. But when we settle down with the first person who comes our way, or who seems our type, we’re missing out on a whole range of other people who could give us the kind of partnership we’ve been looking for.
Rotational dating gives us the freedom to expand our horizons – for example if you’ve always thought bankers are your type of partner, you might be surprised when you meet an artist who makes you feel safe, secure, loved, and happy.
It’s time for us to open our hearts and challenge our inner beliefs, by getting to know people of diverse backgrounds, professions, and interests.
3/ It saves months, or even years, of our lives
It’s natural for us to feel that we’ve wasted our time when a relationship goes wrong – whether it was a six-month or six-year coupling.
But with rotational dating, we don’t settle down with anyone quickly, unless they offer us the level of commitment we want and deserve – so no more wasted months of being with someone who is not ready or willing to give us what we desire.
4/ The best person wins
When we rotational date, the low-effort suitors will fall by the wayside pretty quickly. They include: the ones who are only looking for hook-ups and the ones who want an instant relationship, so they have someone to take care of them.
We can also take the time to observe how each potential suitor treats us which will help to more easily identify red flags.
This leaves us with only the best of the dating pool left – people who are not just about sex or a quick fix for their lives, and who are ready for a real relationship.
Keep your eye on the prize
And no, I don’t mean the person you’re dating – I mean you. In love, we are the prize. And we must never forget that we are all desirable, worthy, and precious.
Rotational dating is one of the most powerful ways to feed our self-esteem, because it gives us real life proof of our desirability.
So, enjoy taking a dip in the pool of high-quality suitors, and remind yourself every day that you are a beautiful woman, worthy of respect, affection and adoration.