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The Top 5 Most Important Qualities a Guy Should Have

Are you restarting your dating life but find yourself swiping left a little too often? When you’re outing the dating world, it can be hard to find the right balance. Although we don’t want to “settle” for a person, we also don’t want to discount men.

We’re here to help you along your way. You always can try to meet a right person on Promenad, but first of all read on for the top five qualities on what to look for in a man so that you can date with intention. 

1. He’s Respectful

Your man knows that your time is valuable, and he respects it by making sure that he’s present when you’re together. He’s interested in your opinion about topics and gives you a platform to voice them.

He’s also upfront about what he wants in a relationship and doesn’t lead you on. Lastly, you feel free to live your own life without his micromanagement or what he believes is “better.”

2. He’s Supportive

You’ll know a man is supportive if you feel as if you can talk about your life, career aspirations, and goals without judgment. He trusts the decisions you make and will often back you up on them–not make you feel as if you need to constantly second-guess your decisions.

Best of all, supportive men are often good listeners. They’ll give you the silence you need and won’t frequently interrupt.

3. He’s Honest

They’ll be times when your man disagrees with a decision you’re making, and he’ll let you know in a way that doesn’t diminish your character. You won’t need to second-guess his thoughts or motivations because he’s upfront and doesn’t feel the need to hide. This often leads to better communication, one of the most important aspects of a relationship. If you ask him a question, you don’t feel any doubt in his answer–even if it’s not the one you wanted to hear.

4. He Pays Attention

Men who pay attention are often talented at active listening because they want you to know that you’re being heard. They also have good dating etiquette. When you’re together, he’s good at putting down his phone and giving you his full attention. They’re attentive to your needs because it’s their way of showing that they value you.

5. He’s Happy

A man’s attitude is often a good indicator of their self-confidence. If you find that your man has a constant, pessimistic outlook on the world, they probably have the same view of themselves. You may feel compelled to help him or find that your own mood becomes low when you’re around him. Although it’s not realistic to expect someone to be happy all the time, generally you’ll feel happy and comfortable around someone with a positive attitude. They often have a good sense of humor and smile more.

What Do You Look for in a Guy?

What are you looking for in a man? It’s important to ask yourself this question frequently until you have a definite answer. Once you know what you want in a relationship, it’s far easier to find a man that’s looking for the same theme.

It’s all about trusting your instinct. Pay attention to how you feel when you’re around him. If you feel understood, respected, and cared for, you may have found the one.

relationship illustration by Rita Azar

How Much Time do We Spend Using a Smartphone in the UK?

On average, the Britons are currently spending more than 30 hours a week online making it one of the most addictive activities around. People spend a good part of their time on the internet doing a variety of things including betting, playing online games, dating while others are there mainly for business purposes. 

In recent statistics, most of the youths aged between 16 years and 24 years have been noted to be having the highest population of internet users. Smartphones have made work extremely easy and manageable due to the high levels of technology prevailing in the country.

Some Statistics

In these times, the rate at which people are using the internet, especially the smartphones has greatly risen compared to the past 10 years. The statistics have also shown that women are spending more of their time on the internet as compared to men.

More time online

As previously stated, in the UK people are averagely spending 24 hours a week on the internet. This tells of the great influence the internet has to the people and their general well-being. The comprehensive report which was compiled by Ofcom has also revealed that 78% of the UK population use smartphones on online related activities. 

The addiction has moved to a higher level in that people here check-in using their smartphones after every 12 minutes and as well 35% of the population check their phones just before going to bed.

Less time on phone calls

Another good example that can really tell how much people treasure their smartphones than any other thing else is in the way they are making their phone calls. It has been noted that the total number of outgoing calls has greatly dropped by 1.7 percent. 

The main cause is that people have turned away from the normal phone calls and have opted to call using WhatsApp or messenger. To be more precise, 75% of the population prefer making phone calls in this way and at the same time 92 percent of the population say browsing the web is more important.

The Most Popular Mobile Activities

Mobile related activities have been on the increase especially after the introduction of modern technology and the wide use of the internet by most people in the UK. This brought a lot of advancement and development in the mobile sector and the entire IT fraternity.

Social Media

The social media platforms are among the most popular among many of the UK residents. People have turned away from messaging and currently WhatsApp, Facebook and twitter among the widely used social media platforms. This has become one of the simplest ways of reaching out to a wider audience and is equally an effective tool for communication.

Slots

This is another common activity among many residents of the UK, especially the adults. Most of the residents are glued on their screens spending a few of their minutes and hours playing at casinos not on Gamstop via mobile. This has gained popularity among the residents and it has greatly contributed to uncontrolled rates of addiction among many. Slots can either be played for fun or for real money. Although it is liked by many, it has as well caused high rates of addiction leading to problem gambling rising.

Dating services

This is yet another more popular activity among many. Most people have linked up through these dating sites and it eventually ended up in marriage to a number of them. It has been a common thing on the internet among many youths and adult and several relationships have thrived to a greater extend.

Conclusion

Since the introduction of mobile technology especially smartphones, a lot of developers have been realized in the technological sector. This has glued many people on their screens spending time with mobile gaming. Great thanks to the recent advancements in mobile technology who are taking the lion’s share in terms of offering reliable, fast and standard solutions to many of the problems.

Rita Azar, 360 MAGAZINE, DATING, ONLINE DATING, ILLUSTRATIONS

How to Keep Your Dating Life Alive During Lockdown

If you’re a single living through the COVID-19 quarantine, you’re likely well-acquainted with loneliness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can still meet your soul mate, or at least, someone fun to hang with, right from the comfort of your own home.

You can even go on dates! While the pandemic may have changed how you date, there’s no reason it should stop you from connecting with someone great.

In fact, dating is still alive and well online. With millions of singles hungry to connect, they are turning to online dating apps in droves, making this the ideal time to take the plunge.

Online dating: How to choose the right app

If you’ve never tried online dating, choosing which app to download can be overwhelming. With thousands of apps out there, it can be hard to know which one is for you.

Start out by deciding what you’re looking for. Are you seeking someone you can eventually have a relationship with or do you simply want some casual companionship? Do you have niche needs? Do you prefer to meet older singles? Are you willing to pay for a better experience? Are you open to dating someone from outside the country?

Once you know what your priorities are, it’s time for a little bit of research. Start by reading some well-researched guides. We’ve seen some great ones from Beyondages.com that help guys looking for all kinds of things from this article about what you need to do to meet a cougar to what guys who don’t really know what they want should do. This will give you a better idea of what is worth your time and money and what you should avoid.

Keeping a list of the pros and cons of each app can help you to compare and narrow down your choices. Whichever app best aligns with your needs is your best bet.

Once you’ve downloaded an app, uploaded some profile pictures and written up your profile, it’s time to start connecting. 

While it’s possible you’ll meet someone great right away, it’s not likely. That’s why being patient is so important. It usually takes a while to meet someone you really click with but, once you do, all of that waiting will be worth it.

Now comes the challenging part. Dating from a distance. Let’s take a look at five of the best ways you can have amazing dates virtually.

Dinner and a movie

Who says the traditional first date outing can’t work during self-isolation? With a little bit of coordination, you can enjoy a great first date via FaceTime, Zoom or Skype.

Decide on a restaurant together, choose your meals and have them delivered to your homes. You can take it up a notch by getting dressed up and lighting some candles in your respective spaces for a more exciting and intimate meal together. 

You can follow up your dinner conversation with a movie. Thanks to Netflix Party, you and your date can watch a movie at the same time and chat about it right from your browser. 

If you’re enjoying your time together, meet back online for a cup of tea or glass of wine and more conversation.

Game night

If chatting is getting a bit old, why not challenge your date to a game night. While virtual game nights don’t take a lot of planning, it can be fun to coordinate your game night snacks and drinks. 

Once that’s done, hit up an online platform like Tabletopia, that allows you to play classic board games with your date. If you want to make things more interesting, put some conditions on the game outcomes. Have the loser pay for the next dinner and movie night or, if you really want to make things interesting, make a pledge that the loser has to initiate your first kiss when you can actually meet in person.

A get to know you night

If there’s some on-screen chemistry happening between you and your date, you can increase the intimacy a bit by playing a different type of game. Word games like 20 Questions, or Would You Rather? can be a lot of fun and can help you to learn more about your online mate.

You can also give psychologist Arthur Aron’s quiz a try. The 36 questions are designed to increase intimacy between strangers and partners alike. The questions, which are broken into three segments, gradually become more personal, allowing you to open up to your date slowly.

If you haven’t had enough truth yet, challenge your online paramour to a game of Truth or Dare. While being apart may limit the dares you can give somewhat, it can still be a lot of fun and will force you to get creative.

While there’s a lot of skepticism around meeting a potential soulmate online, more and more people end up in happy, successful relationships with people they met on an app. Getting to know each other is a crucial part of creating a strong bond that can blossom into a great relationship.

Take a class together 

Many businesses are getting creative by offering their services to people online during the pandemic. This is something you can take advantage of for a fun and unique date night.

Decide on what kind of class you’d both be interested in taking, be it a cooking class or a karate session. Tune in to the class on one device and have video chat running on another so you can feel like you’re learning together.

No matter what you decide on, plan to enjoy each other’s company after the class. With a cooking class, you can simply sit down and enjoy the meal you cooked together. With something more active, enjoy a refreshing beverage and a post-workout rehash of the new skills you learned.

Plan ahead

If things are progressing well with your online love, a fun date night can simply be planning all of the things you want to do with your date once you can actually meet in person.

Make a list of all the places you want to visit together and all the types of dates you’d like to go on. Talking about the types of dates and places that interest you will help you get to know each other better and will give you something to look forward to.

Bonus ideas

Some other great ideas for having fun together virtually are: a digital karaoke night, virtual travel via Google Arts and Culture, creating playlists together or for each other and listening to your favorite music, working out together or trying a virtual wine tasting.

Have you been on some virtual dates? What ideas have you tried to keep things interesting? Let us know your best self-isolating dating tips in the comments below.

360 MAGAZINE, ILLUSTRATIONS, dating

How to Forget an Ex-Girlfriend

Sometimes life divides us. This rarely happens by mutual agreement and for objective reasons. Usually, it goes well, nothing portends disasters, and then you find out that they cheat on you, you have stopped being loved, or it just got boring with you. It may seem that these problems can be solved, but you love her so much. Still, you break up, your ex has a new beautiful life, and you collect the remnants of male pride in the corners of all the bars. Attempts to drown melancholy in a glass of whiskey are almost always unsuccessful. Therefore, we propose to act in a completely different way.

  1. Realize what it is for
    At the moment when a girl breaks up with you, there is emptiness, a wild burning sensation in the chest, which doesn’t let you live a normal life. You should fill this void. But how can you fill it out? You should realize why you need a girl who doesn’t love you. Try to find out why you need a relationship at all. Is there something important for you? There is one great tip: if a person wants to leave you, help open the door. There are a lot of girls in the world who will give you great love. Don’t forget about it. Life doesn’t end on one person, yes, it’s bad, yes, you miss, but it always passes.
  2. Try to be busy
    After the relationship ends, most men have free time that they used to spend on a partner. This chance should be used for self-development and the achievement of new heights. Having set a goal and trying to achieve it, a person leaves no time for empty regrets and meaningless thoughts about what can’t be returned. Career advancement or an exciting hobby may work out here. You can look for a new environment, go on a short trip, take on a serious project at work, start scuba diving – any way will do! In addition, you can start looking for other single women for marriage. Fight fire with fire. This is the only right approach.
  3. Express your emotions
    Most likely, you are angry and annoyed. Your head is torn from thoughts. If you are silent, you can never put an end to a relationship. Make an appointment, call, or write in the messenger everything you think about her and the current situation. If she offended or hurt you, don’t try to be nice in the hope of getting her back. Yes, it is not easy, but if you decide to take this step, then go to the end. You better give vent to emotions. It will be easier for you. Apologize only if there is a reason for it.
  4. Admit that it hurts you
    Many guys choose a denial tactic. They are ready to scream to the world about how they don’t give a damn about this girl. And deep down, they realize that this is a lie. And most importantly, they lie to themselves. It will not let you deal with your feelings. You can run away from them, deny, and “live on.” But what will you come to? You will drag all your baggage from the past into a relationship with a new girl. You will make the same mistakes. So, think about it. You have to learn to live without her.
  5. Don’t look for ways to start it all over
    You said your ex what you think, and now, if your goal is to really forget about the ex, then it’s time to break all ties with her. This doesn’t mean that you must block her on all social networks and delete her from friends as a teenager. Just stop watching her stories and posts, tormenting your head with potential comments that you won’t leave, looking for ways to stealthily see her, driving “by chance” past the girl’s house, and writing to her friends to find out something about her. If the temptation to follow an ex-girlfriend at least in social networks is too great, get out of them altogether. A small digital detox will not hurt anyone, especially in such a situation.
360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Hookup Etiquette: Rules Of Casual Sex You Should Follow

It’s official: you don’t have to be in a relationship to have sex! That’s the resolutions many people want, yet can’t make for some reasons. Nevertheless, the reality can offer you a lot of hot chicks ready to surf’n’turf with no strings attached.

Are you interested in how to get lucky? Remember these 5 easy rules of casual sex that make it really casual!

1. Mind the basics

And by the basics I mean your health. It is the first and the most important thing you should mind while looking for the new sex partner on adult dating sites. Even though it may seem insignificant when it comes to the hot part, don’t underestimate the disappointment an STI can get you. Screw the girl if she tells that it’s better natural – buy yourself some condoms and use them!

2. Get the right girl

When searching for a partner, make sure that you make yourself clear and pick the right girl. Obviously, you won’t find a babe who would agree to have casual sex if you are searching for her on the site of the bridal agency! There are plenty of online venues you can find a hot easy girl. No more need to go for awkward conversations with random girls in the bars.

3. Discuss the expectations

Okay, you are done with the search. There is a babe that is ready to hang out with you. What’s next? Go ahead and talk to her about what your meetings are going to look like. Sure, there is no need to be too straightforward and go like ‘So, my name Is Jack. What about sex?,’ but try to make sure both of you know what you can count on. Is it going to be your place or her’s? Or maybe the hotel?

It is that perfect kind of interaction where you can ask for a lot. Even the things like ‘harder, softer and a little to the right.’ Don’t waste the chance to make it completely clear.

4. No online attacks

It can surely happen in the Internet era that you get too clingy and text, text, and text the girl. Even if you are just trying to make the next sex appointment, give her some space. Sometimes it’s even cooler when the lady wants you more!

5. Emotions restricted

Remember the rules you set. If you notice that either you or your sex partner develop some feelings, feel free to discuss it. After all, you both can move on and find other people to hang out with, no big deal. The great advantage of casual sex is that it stays casual. And if it doesn’t, you just find yourself a person with whom it still works.

If all else fails, you can always invest in some luxury sex toys.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Navigating the Dating World in 2019

Finding a partner in life is something that nearly everyone yearns for at one time or another. In order to eventually find that partner, you have to date. However, dating isn’t always easy in the modern day. In fact, the stats show that more than half of all young peoplein the USA don’t have a partner. While some may not want one, others do and just simply haven’t had any luck or don’t want to put in the effort.

It isn’t as simple as it once was. Also, dating or trying to meet people as an adult is even more challenging than when you were in college or high school. People are busier than ever and with so many things seemingly demanding our attention, it can be harder than ever to find the time. With that in mind, this article is going to look at a couple of tips and hints about dating in 2019 and beyond.

Get Online

Just as it has changed nearly every part of our lives, technology has had a huge impact on dating as we know it. We use our phones to text people, send video messages, set up dates, flirt, and so much more. In fact, some stats show that around 40% of couples in the USA first meet online. As a result, getting online can help you get more dates than traditional methods.

Many of these people are using apps to meet each other as they have hundreds of thousands of downloads. If these apps aren’t your forte, there are plenty of online dating sites. There are dating sites based on religion, on life success, and heck, there is even a milf dating site. The point is, using online dating gives you the best chance at meeting someone you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Work on Yourself

Before you can love someone else, you need to love yourself. It may sound incredibly cliche, but it is true. Too many times people will wait around for the perfect person to come into their lives and don’t want to put in any effort on their end. Unfortunately, that hardly ever works. Instead, you need to work on loving yourself as well as making yourself a more attractive option.

Instead of complaining you can’t get a date, work on the areas of your life that you believe are holding you back. Start hitting the gym, work on getting better at your hobbies, or even go to therapy if you feel it will help you. The sooner you can be happy and proud of who you are, the sooner others will take notice as well. Be the best version of yourself that you can be, and self-confidence will follow.

Be Open and Honest

Unfortunately, most people are not very open. We have the things we like to do, eat, and see, and really aren’t interested in anything else. If you aren’t willing to put yourself out there and try new things, you will find it more difficult to meet new people. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to go out to a huge party or join a rock-climbing club, but even simply signing up for online dating or going to an event can be a step in the right direction.

In addition to being open, it is important to always be honest. The last thing you want to do is lead anyone on or let them get the wrong idea. So while it is good to be open and try new things, always be honest about your feelings, your wants, and your boundaries.

We hope that this blog post will help you learn some helpful tips to navigate the world of dating in 2019 and beyond.

10 Tips to Make Yourself Look Attractive to Guys

Sequined embroidered babydoll? You don’t have to be a sexual tease to be more attractive to men. Here are 10 tips for boosting up your “it” factor when it comes to making sure the guy you have your eyes on has his eyes on you.

1. Have Fun

Debbie Downers aren’t fun to be around. People who are energetic and seem naturally happy, without faking it, are generally more attractive. My morning routine involves watching a 20-minute compilation of Jim Carrey’s funniest moments.

2. Variety

Routine builds discipline, which is crucial for staying ahead in life. However, when it comes to relationships (friendships or more), routines are the call of death. Invite spice into your life; if you are interesting, he will be interested in you.

3. Fitness

Burpees burns fat and tone your physique, making you look far more attractive. That said, what you eat plays just as an important role in your fitness as exercise. You don’t have to subscribe to any of the trendy diets rolling around out there, such as high carbs, no fat, no carbs, Keto, etc. Eat healthier – simple as that.

4. Money

How you treat your money shows people what your life values are. If you don’t make a lot of money, be upfront about it – and do not be a financial drain. (This advice applies to men, as well.) Nobody in the world is attracted to someone who continually spends other people’s money.

5. Your Voice

On average, a man who hears a woman with higher-pitched voices thinks she is younger and “more feminine.” With the exception of Scarlett Johansson, who has such a deep, husky voice that nobody can resist it. The same goes true for us: we’re drawn to men with lower-pitched voices.

6. Lingerie

When it comes to sexy women’s lingerie, there’s no denying that being risqué and revealing is attractive. What most women who wear these outfits don’t realise is: your comfort in the outfit amplifies your appeal. If you trust your man, and want to up your “it” factor, don’t be afraid of putting on something a little more… dangerous… than your everyday fashion.

7. Makeup

Most men aren’t interested in women who wear pounds of makeup on their face. Beauty products are made—despite what the fashion industry tells you—to enhance your natural beauty and highlight your prominent features.

8. Curves

Time has shown that men are drawn to women with curves. It’s a far cry from the times of old, when “toothpick-skinny” women dominated the world. If you have curves, don’t try to hide them. Embrace them.

9. Kindness

A friend of mine deliberated about proposing to his girlfriend. That changed one night when they went to the theatres to catch a movie. On their walk there, they passed by a homeless man. The girl went across the street to Subway, and 10 minutes later came out with a 12” BLT and large drink for the man. My friend saw (for himself) that her kindness made her special. He knew she was the one.

10. Your Authenticity

Weird is normal. Do you have odd quirks and eccentricities that got you teased and bullied in school? Embracing your individualism is what makes you most attractive – to anyone, regardless of gender.

Conclusion

These are not “rules” and shouldn’t be treated as such. What works for one person won’t work for someone else. It’s also crucial for you to remember to stay who you are as a woman: nobody in life is worth losing your sense of self.

Hayley Kiyoko takes on Fuse TV’s Rant and Rave

Hayley Kiyoko premiered today on Fuse, FM and the Fuse social and digital platforms. An unapologetic artist who doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind, singer-songwriter-actress Kiyoko made a ton of buzz with her recent debut release Expectations and her rise to pop stardom continues to climb. For four weeks, Fuse and FM will run her electrifying music video and go-to anthem “Curious,” as well as exclusive interviews and content featuring Kiyoko.

Up first is a new episode of Rant and Rave, which premiered today on the Fuse YouTube channel as part of the Fuse First coverage. Hilariously going off and dropping the F-bomb, Kiyoko lets us in what makes her rant and rave and shares her hope for a progressive day where America will have an all-women cast on tv series The Bachelor. Kiyoko has dreams of being a bachelorette on the show with twenty-six women to choose from. Watch the Aries queen share her thoughts on equal pay, Coachella, online dating and more.