Beyond Cuffing Season: 5 Fall Dating Tips Straight From an Expert

As Aziz Ansari pointed out in his book Modern Romance, the modern age of dating is a perilous and confusing place. In an era where feelings are best expressed with emojis and the word "commitment" is scarier than "indictment," first dates—and their ensuing courtship—can feel more like walking through a minefield: Make it through to the end unscathed (and possibly in a serious relationship), or take one wrong step and have your heart blown up into pieces.

As if this wasn't enough, the colder months add one additional layer of confusion: cuffing season—or the temporary coupling of singles who would rather endure a short-lived "relationship" than brave the cold to find new potential dates. Cuddling sessions in the colder months don't sound so bad, except for one hiccup: When winter ends, so does cuffing season, along with the relationship you may have been building for months. While this might sound scary enough to declare celibacy all winter, it doesn't have to be. We reached out to Nikki Lewis and Greta Tufvesson, co-founders of The Bevy, a personal matchmaking service, to get their take on dating during cuffing season. Ready to take the leap into the confusing world of modern courtship? Brush up on these fall dating tips before stepping out on your first date.

Next up: This common mistake can jeopardize a first date.