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What Red Flags do you look for when starting a new relationship? Share them below for a chance to win a pass to BlogHer '09 in Chicago this July!

In this day and age dating is tough. The amount of effort that goes into a new relationship is exhausting, the grooming, the elaborate date plans, and the investment of all that emotional energy hoping he's the one is exhausting.

If there's anything I've learned through my relationships it's that the sooner you can identify a "bad egg" and off-load them, the better. You know what I'm talking about, those little comments or behaviors that signal that something is not quite right that may be a symptom of a much bigger issue.

When determining if you should let things get serious, remember: actions speak louder than words. Here are my top three things I consider to be ‘Dating Red Flags' that are worth further consideration before pursuing any kind of meaningful relationship.

1. He answers his phone in the middle of a date: Emergencies being the exception, if he is prioritizing his buddy's critical need for input for his fantasy football league on a first or second date over me, I have a pretty good idea of the pecking order down the road.

2. Text Message Ratio: While immature and overanalyzed, I live by the following text message rule and expect my love interest to do the same: Conversation initiation must alternate between parties, it can't be one sided. Nothing feels more clingy than always being the one reaching out.

3. He has long history of getting involved with losers, deadbeats, drug addicts: I don't wait around to find out why.

Whether you are currently in the dating scene or have been with that special someone for as long as you can remember, we all have our own set of warning signs. What Red Flags do you look for when starting a new relationship? Share them below and you could win a pass to BlogHer '09 in Chicago this July!

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