If you ever thought you were being played or think you are a player, here is a list of 10 “player actions” that may sound familiar.
1. Always know the rules of the game. Dating when you are a player is only temporary, and it is easy to get caught up. Know that your stay is momentary and you’ll have to check out at noon.
2. No matter how early your classes are, dress to impress. You never know, you might just run into some potential dates, and looking busted will have them running in the opposite direction.
3. Make sure no evidence of another person you’re dating is left on you. Be it items in your car, clothes, jewelry, hair accessories and even passion marks on your body; your other “boo” is always checking for signs of infidelity.
4. Be careful of stalkers. Clingy, jealous and possessive people fall into this category. If you are that very physically attractive player, these are the people with whom you shouldn’t even deal. If you don’t have stalkers count your blessings; you might not be attractive but at least you can sleep at night.
5. Make sure not to get caught through the Internet.MySpace or Facebook can be a player’s worst enemy. Random wall posts and suspicious picture tags are all the evidence it takes to incriminate yourself. You’ll go from being his or her everything one day to being on the street the next.
6. Make sure you know all the friends of the people you’re dating. You might be dating one of them without knowing it. You don’t want to show up at your boo’s house, and as you are talking, one of his or her friends walks through the door and you notice that you are talking to some of them too.
7. If two friends you are dating find out about each other, choose the cuter one and tell the other. How? By using the age old cop-out, “I thought we were just friends.” Getting your car keyed is never pretty and this can save you a lot of money.
8. Realize that Valentine’s Day is over. You are finally free to dump your annoying boyfriend or girlfriend for the people you have already been seeing on the side. You already got the gifts you needed so why stay with the lame person you don’t like?
9. A player is always on constant alert. Keep public displays of affection to a minimum by treating every person you’re dating as a friend in public. By doing this, you don’t give any signs of being with other people.
10. Treat people you are dating like employees. List all of your applicants, and investigate their history. They may not have just left skeletons, they might have dug graves.
And remember: “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Latasha Edwards is a sophomore public relations student from Houston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.