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While eight in 10 Singaporean millennial singles want to marry, it is worth examining why six in 10 are currently not dating and four in 10 have never dated with a view towards marriage (Love and the single S'porean; July 9).
Unlike early societies that, for centuries, had norms and practices that provided opportunities for men and women to meet, know each other and marry, societies today no longer have such norms and expectations.
When couples discuss and agree on healthy norms and expectations of their dating relationship, this can guide them a step closer towards marriage.
This includes sharing with them research on what makes marriages successful - areas of communication and conflict resolution, and how couples validate, instead of dismiss or undermine, each other's points of view and emotions, and so on.
The Bible covers topics relating to dating, relationships, friendships, forgiveness, and others that help provide biblical guidance for Christians to follow.
Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. You wouldn’t want a future employer to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?
Lying doesn’t get you anywhere in the dating world. Talk in specifics to give a full flavour of who you are.
Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that.
Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.