Luckily, casual dating exists, and is a great way to have fun and meet people while still hoping that something serious eventually blossoms.Personally, I'm usually not one to date more than one person at once, if only out of sheer laziness.If you're not super into the idea of settling down with one person at this exact moment in your life, it might open your mind to casually dating someone you otherwise might pass over.Maybe you typically prefer someone more clean-cut, but are intrigued by a cute, hipster-y, bearded guy you met on Ok Cupid.This may sound like a dumb reason to date around, but if you're someone who craves social interaction more than you even crave pizza, it might be helpful to have several people around to hang out with on nights when your friends are otherwise occupied.Even if you just call someone up and invite them over to ~Netflix and chill~ it can still be better than watching Friday Night Lights alone if you happen to be a social butterfly.
It always felt like starting all over and was always painful.
But if you're taking control of your dating life and have the foresight to say, "Hey, I think I'll dip my toes in several ponds, just because I can," it will make you feel a lot less afraid of rejection in the long run.
That doesn't mean that emotions can't get involved with more than one person; it just might cushion the blow if things don't work out with one person.
If you're casually dating a few people, or even just talking to someone else, it can help ease you back into the dating scene after a "breakup" with someone else.
It's always a good thing to maintain your independence, because you're less likely to get down in the dumps when someone turns out to be less-than-stellar.