I Want a Casual Relationship – Not Anything Serious

Here’s my best dating advice for women who want a casual relationship and don’t want anything serious.

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“Hi Ronnie – The Dating Coach for Women,

I met a guy on an evening out when I was away. We got on really well AND had great chemistry. We were both very drunk. Assuming I would never hear from him again and being on holiday, I went back to his hotel and we spent the night.

He added me on Facebook and started chatting. He asked me when I’d be back in the UK and expressed he’d love to meet for drinks. We met up for drinks in London for a first date. It was really wonderful and I felt more positive about this guy than I ever have about a guy in my life.

He gave me a kiss on the cheek and texted me when I got home saying he had a great time. After that, we texted 1 or 2 times a day. Then suddenly he ignored me for 5 days. I messaged him asking if he wanted to meet for a second date, and he said, “Yeah, what were you thinking”. I offered some suggestions and haven’t heard from him for 3 days even though he knows I’m going away for 3 weeks next week.

Seems like he suddenly lost interest – maybe he’s found another woman? What are your thoughts? To be honest I don’t want anything serious, just casual and this guy is the funniest best-looking guy who has ever expressed an interest in me.

Not Serious”


Hi Kathy- Lee,

Yes I think you are correct – he probably found another woman. He has moved on. But you had a great time and knew the risks, so no big deal right?

Now, let’s talk about the “casual relationship” for a minute. While you say you want something casual, I don’t believe you are being honest with yourself. A casual relationship means no expectations. But this is the “best guy ever interested in you”. That doesn’t sound casual to me. You want more from him. The trouble is, women who say they want causal, often have expectations which is contradictory.

Maybe what you mean by not wanting anything serious is that you don’t want to marry right not. That doesn’t automatically mean you actually are looking for a casual relationship. You want to see a fabulous guy on a somewhat regular basis. That is NOT casual.

You can date a guy, seeing him every week or two even if you don’t want to get serious or marry. But this is not a casual relationship really. it is a committed relationship that doesn’t have to go to the next level.

But a true casual relationship has no boundaries, no commitments, and no definition. Being casual means you might see him when he’s in the mood and you are too. And you’ll never know if you’ll see him again. Now that is casual. Is that what you want? I doubt it since after two dates, you already want to know if I think you’ll see him again.

Casual sex is the same thing. No strings attached. No expectations. You might sleep with a guy every couple of weeks or even more often, but if it’s casual, you cannot realistically have any expectations or you will be sorely disappointed. So I just want you to get very clear about what you are looking for.

Do you still think you want a casual relationship? My bet is, that has shifted for you  if you read this whole post. So, please be honest with yourself. You want to see a guy regularly and enjoy dinners and activities together and that is NOT casual.

Given that, I recommend you don’t sleep with a man for the first few dates. This is not for him. It’s for you. Because eventually this will wear down your self-esteem as not many of these fellows will stick around since they are likely more casual than you are. Once your heart gets involved, you have moved beyond casual.

If you are curious to discover if a man is a player or interested in more than a casual relationship, consider taking my program Is he Right for Me? which starts Monday, May 12th.

Wishing You Love,

understanding men

Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. So, she made a few tweaks and then dated 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late for Love to help other smart, successful women find love too! Her mission is to share her proven dating advice  and keen insights about men with women everywhere who are serious about finding love with the right man. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000’s of midlife women with her Love & Dating Coach services. She’s been featured on BBC’s 5 Live Radio, NBC, ABC, and Fox News, NPR, eHarmony, MSN.com, MORE.com, Connecticut Magazine among others around the world. An established author, you can find her 6 books on Amazon.

4 thoughts on “I Want a Casual Relationship – Not Anything Serious”

  1. Hi Ronnie,
    Just some advice… just started dating someone 4th date we slept together…our dates start at lunchtime and end up finishing after dinner this is the pattern from date 1.
    How much texting should be expected between weekly dates? He will sometimes text all day and then go quiet for a couple of days then apologize for being busy or exhausted from work. He always initiates texting. It feels a bit fast forwarded with all the texting and long dates but the time we spend together is super easy and we just click. Side note- he disclosed he suffers from extreme anxiety heavy on the anxiety meds and has attempted 3 times in the past. Side note should I run away?

    • Hi Lilly, as the woman it’s your job to monitor date length. So in the future, that might be something to think about. I recommend NOT letting your dates roll on like this. It can give a false sense of intimacy an comfort. In the old days before texting women would never expect daily contact from a guy between dates. My husband called me once a week and we went on a date once a week for the first six weeks! So I don’t think missing a day here and there is a big deal. Regarding his anxiety and 3 attempts – do you mean suicide? Yikes! That’s a serious question and a big decision so I say go with your gut on this one. There’s an old adage that you can fall in love with a rich man as easily as a poor one and I think that logic would apply for health too. But it depends on what you feel comfortable with.

  2. Hi Ronnie, I ended a long-term relationship about 3 months ago. I still love him and think about him. I feel very lonely and cry a lot. I met a guy online 2 months ago and we went on 10 dates. He is just like my ex. I ended it saying we should be friends because he rarely contacted me between dates although he initiated most dates. We are in our late 20s. A few days ago we ran into each other after work. He asked me if I wanted a causal relationship. I thought about it an said yes. We skied together yesterday and then had sex (we didn’t have sex when dating). He asked me to come over his place next week. I feel conflicted. I am lonely and want to have sex with a man. However, I’m worried I’ll fall for him. This is my first time trying to be casual. He just divorced a year ago. That was his first relationship – they dated in high school and got married after college. He is lonely too. I understand he is not looking for anything serious with me. I feel very confused and don’t know what I should do.

    • Hi Vickie, Oh my gosh, this could be a whole blog post! Casual is only good when you are not lonely and wanting more. Of course you’re confused and your heart will want more! I don’t recommend it. A recently divorced man wants to play the field and it sounds like you want something consistent. Why not meet more men online and find one who has the same desire for lasting love as you do? That’s my suggestion vs. getting in deep with this guy.

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