Just like relationship and red flags, dating flags have also been part of conversations around the world for years, but now there is a whole colour palette to know of, courtesy, Gen-Z. Interestingly, unlike before, there’s aren’t only the red flags but a whole colour palette. There are greens, blues, and Beige flags. Ruchita Sud, Relationship Expert at House of Aisle points out a few dating red flags based on colours for Gen Z to avoid.
Here’s the tea about dating flags – they’re an easy way to decode your next romantic interest. Green flags are the easiest to find out; for Generation X, it’s having a partner who is not afraid to commit. Millennials need emotionally vulnerable partners, and Gen Z needs a partner who is respectful of their boundaries. But what about the not-so-green flags? We’re talking red, pink or beige?
Red Flags – Danger! Danger!
Red flags need no introduction. But if you’re ‘seeing red’ on any of these lately, it might be time for a quick exit.
GPS trackers: If your new bae keeps tabs on your Snap location a little too often, you know it’s time to reach for the ‘Off’ switch.
Negative Nancy: We all love to complain, but when a partner constantly complains about little things, especially about you… red flag!
The Ex-Factor: There’s nothing wrong with being friends with an ex. But stay wary when your partner and their ex-flame are a little too close for comfort.
Low-key Sugar Baby: Think about it, are you always the one paying the bills? If yes, skip the dessert and split.
Emotional Baggage Coolie: You’re always the one trying to sort out arguments or trying to figure out what’s wrong.
Beige Flags – Where’d the heat go?
Beige flags are signs that your potential date lacks compatibility. Maybe it’s the lack of effort, or maybe they’re just boring. A profile about chai, beaches and long drives… Meh! Where’s the personality?
The Cliche Neon Sign: Okay, okay… hear me out. Does your new date have a ‘live, laugh, love’ neon sign in the middle of their room? Is it the basis of their entire personality?
Sitcom Stan: If your new date’s personality formed entirely around their favourite sitcom, if they think they’re a ‘Jake Peralta,’ you know what to do. (Run.)
No Hobbies Other Than ‘You’: Tell us truthfully, is the last book they read was their 10th standard history book?
Where’s the personality, bro?: Are they social chameleons, and do they become unrecognisable around different groups? You may have a Runaway Bride situation on your hands.
Pink Flags – The minor inconveniences that get you
Pink flags could either be gentle warnings of what’s to come, or they could just be minor issues. Here are some pink flags to watch out for whatever you see it as.
You’re not on their socials?: Some folks are just not the social media type, and some are simply hiding something in plain sight. Time to figure out the difference.
Pushy Opinions: For example, they pass very casual sexist comments and think they’re funny – or maybe they just don’t know any better. (Here’s wishing.)
Uncanny Ditch-Sitch: They have a reputation for ditching plans at the last minute, and more often than not, it happens at your cost.
Serial Flexer: Do you know about every gadget, gizmo and piece of clothing they own? Do they tell you of it repeatedly?
A deal breaker is a deal breaker; it doesn’t matter if the relationship is new, old, a situationship or even a budding bromance. The point is, knowing how to identify these signs is important. The year has just begun, and it’s still possible to watch out for these flags. Don’t settle for someone that sets off alarm bells in your head!