There’s no “right” amount of time, according to Neely Steinberg, dating coach and founder of the Love Trep, a dating consultancy. “Once you understand it’s time to stop being hard on yourself and stop using the phrase ‘man up,’ you’re taking the first big step,” she says. And if your friends are assholes, tell them you don’t want to talk about it, she says.

Steinberg points to one surefire indication that you’re ready to get back in the game. 

“If you’re browsing online dating sites or mobile dating apps just to see what’s out there, you’re ready,” she says. If you bury yourself in work and totally eliminate the chances of meeting someone, you’re probably not. 

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