Is your current pet peeve every single thing about the person you’re sharing a bed with? Do you regularly send texts that prompt you to sigh, shake your head and say in a disappointed voice, “Here we go again”?
There comes a time in every woman’s life when the novelty of sleeping with a certified zero wears off, and it is time to ditch the enemy with benefits in favor of an actual sweet guy. Are you there yet? How do you know when it’s time to ditch the d-bags for good?
The guy you’re with makes you feel bad about yourself
Men are like medication: If you’re having a bad reaction to one, stop use immediately. If he says or does things that make you feel guilty or bummed out, ditch that di--. You deserve a guy who doesn’t make you feel that way. You’re far better off on your own than in the company of someone who is constantly attempting to “neg” you. That’s what vibrators were invented for.
You’re not having fun
Hooking up with a schmuck isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as the benefits you’re getting from the deal are actually beneficial. If he’s not satisfying your needs, why exactly are you tolerating his constant asinine remarks? If booty calls are starting to feel like chores, that’s likely your brain signaling to your nether regions that you’re just not that into him.
You’re secretly jealous of your friends’ relationships
When you truly don’t want to be tied down, every pet name and perfectly planned date your friends engage in feels like a bullet that you’ve dodged by way of laying under some naked stranger. If you find yourself envious of a buddy’s healthy relationship, that might be because getting intimate with someone whom you don’t even want to make smalltalk with has somehow grown old.
You’re falling for the jerk you're with
It all starts innocently enough: you decide to hook up with a real piece of work because he’ll get you through a dry spell, keeping you occupied until a better option comes along. Then, gradually, something very bizarre happens: the subpar specimen before you begins to appear to be boyfriend material.
If you’re grasping at straws for connections that aren’t actually there, admit that you (ugh) really do want a boyfriend, and ditch this dude so you can find someone whom you have something in common with ... besides the fact that you both love burritos and sleep in a bed.
You’ve been hooking up with idiots for more than a couple years
There are times when it’s necessary (and even advisable) to go out with a less-than-ideal guy: after a breakup, when you’re in a transitional phase in life or when you’re not in a place to date but still want certain needs met. If this has been going on for a while, though, you’re treading dangerously close to making this your “type.” Take a breather and trust that your friends are right when they say you can find someone better.