2024: The Year of NATO Dating and Embracing the Plot Twist

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@2024: The Year of NATO Dating and Embracing the Plot Twist


In 2024, NATO Dating and embracing the plot twist will be two of the biggest trends. But, before I tell you about NATO Dating and embracing the plot twist, let me tell you Sara’s story.

Sara’s Story

Sara was frustrated! She was able to be successful in her job but not when it came to men. She came to see me as she wanted something different. 

Sara told me:

“I seem to be able to fall for the guy who enjoys hanging out with me but doesn’t want to commit. When I look back, I can see I have dated four of these men in a row! Men don’t want to commit anymore.”

“At this point in my life, I am ready for a real relationship, and I don’t want to waste any more time,” is what Sara said to me in her coaching session.

Sara worked with me to change this pattern, and I am happy to say she is now with a man who she loves and who wants the same things as she does.

The real truth is that there were plenty of good men who wanted a relationship; Sara just needed to change her pattern of choosing the ones who didn’t.

Sara also believed she would know instantly and missed out on great men by not giving them more than a quick coffee date.

The truth is that only 11% know if someone is the one when they first meet! Meaning a whopping 89% don’t! I taught Sara how to give it time and be open.

Dating Trends 2024, Including NATO Dating

Now, as we look at the dating trends of 2024, it’s important to recognise that Sara’s experience is not unique. Many singles find themselves caught in similar patterns, navigating a dating landscape that feels confusing and disheartening. 

Let’s look at two dating trends for 2024—NATO Dating and Dating for the Plot. You’ll see how these approaches will help you break free from old patterns. Just like Sara did! And, just like Sara, you will see what is possible for you. 

These dating trends give singles a different way of seeing dating. One that focuses on enjoying the journey rather than fixating on the destination.

#1 NATO Dating – Not Being Attached to the Outcome

In a world where we expect instant results, NATO Dating gives a fresh perspective. NATO Dating means not being attached to the outcome of a date. The pressure to find out if you like each other can be overwhelming, and this trend is about letting go of preconceived ideas and allowing things to happen naturally.

Too many singles go on a first date expecting to find their person, their soulmate. However, research suggests that a staggering 89% of singles don’t experience that instant connection. NATO Dating reminds us that relationships are a gradual process, and it’s okay not to have all the answers after a single date.

By trying NATO Dating, singles can become more open and less impatient. This approach allows authentic connections to grow over time, creating a foundation based on genuine compatibility and shared experiences.

However, it is essential to make sure that both people are on the same page with the type of relationship they want. While NATO Dating is liberating, it’s important to communicate your intentions with your potential partner. Some people aren’t ready for a committed relationship but might still value the companionship of dating. Clarifying expectations makes sure both people are aligned and can enjoy the journey without any misunderstandings.

#2 Dating for the Plot, Not the End

Dating for the plot gets its inspiration from the world of film. It encourages singles to enjoy the unfolding story of a relationship rather than fixating on the endgame.

Think of it like watching a movie. You wouldn’t fast-forward through the entire plot just to see if the protagonist gets the girl, right? You’d savour the twists and turns, the quirky characters, the unexpected laughs, and maybe even the occasional tear. Dating for the plot is all about appreciating the present moment, the shared experiences, and the emotional rollercoaster (in a good way!) that comes with getting to know someone new. It’s about letting the story unfold naturally, without forcing a happily-ever-after before the opening credits have even rolled.

This trend recognizes that the beauty of a relationship lies in the shared experiences, growth, and connection that develop over time. Dating for the Plot is about making the most of each chapter of their romantic journey, allowing a deeper connection that goes beyond the superficial part of dating.

You can find out more about how to enjoy dating in: From Dread to Delight, the Secret to Enjoy Dating.

Keep in mind that if you are dating for the plot, just like NATO dating, you need to want the same type of relationship.

How to Make NATO Dating & Dating for the Plot Work for YOU

Of course, navigating these new trends requires a bit of wisdom Not everyone who is on Bumble is on the same page, and that’s okay!

Here are some tips for making sure you’re on the same wavelength as your date:

1. Be upfront about what you want

During casual conversation, you get the chance to see what your date’s perspective on relationships is and what their dating goals are. Are they open to something casual, or are they actively seeking a committed partner? Open communication is key to avoiding disappointment down the line.

2. Focus on quality, not quantity

 Instead of racking up dates like trophies, prioritise meaningful connections with people who share your values and interests. Quality conversations take time. Instead of having a 30-minute coffee date, allow time for a walk and coffee or something else. It will be worth more than a dozen swipes on a dating app.

3. Don’t be afraid to walk away

If your date’s expectations don’t match yours, it’s perfectly okay to politely excuse yourself. Remember, NATO Dating is about protecting your emotional well-being. Enjoy the company, but don’t get attached to an outcome that isn’t there.

What does it Mean?

Embracing NATO Dating and dating for the plot doesn’t mean giving up on love. It simply means approaching it with a healthier, more realistic perspective. Focus on the present moment! Enjoy the ‘journey’, and be honest about what you want. It will give you an authentic, fun and fulfilling dating experience. So, put down your expectations, grab your popcorn (or a glass of wine, if that’s more your style), and get ready to enjoy the show! You might just be surprised by the plot twist waiting around the corner. Happy dating, singles!

P.S. Don’t forget to share your own NATO Dating and plot-twist experiences in the comments below! We’d love to hear your stories.

Oh and if you are looking for a good podcast, why not listen to my Dare2Date Podcast?

Debbie, Relationship Coach


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