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Official Love Expert of The Drew Barrymore Show, LA Times advice columnist, Washington Post Date Lab contributor, and certified dating coach Damona Hoffman is your personal love guru in this long-running series. If you’ve seen her on TV you know this is NOT your momma’s love advice. This show is for you if: you’re single and ready to mingle, you need to DTR with your FWB, or you're craving connection in a digitally-driven world. Listeners praise Damona’s “engaging”, “insightful”, “sassy”, “sound” advice and captivating interviews that will inspire you, no matter how you identify.

Dates & Mates with Damona Hoffman Dates and Mates Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 191 Ratings

Official Love Expert of The Drew Barrymore Show, LA Times advice columnist, Washington Post Date Lab contributor, and certified dating coach Damona Hoffman is your personal love guru in this long-running series. If you’ve seen her on TV you know this is NOT your momma’s love advice. This show is for you if: you’re single and ready to mingle, you need to DTR with your FWB, or you're craving connection in a digitally-driven world. Listeners praise Damona’s “engaging”, “insightful”, “sassy”, “sound” advice and captivating interviews that will inspire you, no matter how you identify.

    Season 9 Exclusive Sneak Peek

    Season 9 Exclusive Sneak Peek

    Stay tuned for even bigger and better episodes coming at ya in Season 9!
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    • 6 min
    Hot Young Widow & LAT Relationships

    Hot Young Widow & LAT Relationships

    Nora McInerny, host of award-winning podcast, Terrible, Thanks For Asking and author of memoir, The Hot Young Widows Club, joins Damona to talk about finding love even after you've experienced loss. Damona covers headlines for the week: why are so many celebs on dating apps and a LAT, a new dating trend you might need to try. Dear Damona listener questions: should you invest in paid dating app features and what to do if you think your partner might be racist. 
    This is a supersized Season 8 finale episode! But don't worry, we'll be right back next week with the Season 9 premiere.
    Get more form Nora and her podcast, Terrible, Thanks For Asking, at ttfa.org!
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Meet Cute & Friends First

    Meet Cute & Friends First

    Naomi Shah, founder of the rom-com podcast Meet Cute, tells Damona a WILD love story involving a very workplace inappropriate question, a lunch date, and a bouquet. They break down the key to finding authentic love and dissect what makes a good rom-com. Dating Dish headlines: Science says friendship is the key to long-lasting love and Damona announces the new cutest couple in Hollywood. Dear Damona listener questions: How to date when you're busy working at the buzziest company and who should pay on dates.
    Find Meet Cute on IG @meetcute and check them out on all your favorite podcast platforms!
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    We are proud to collaborate with an app that empowers modern daters to feel safe and secure. If you want more information, check out Damona's video on when & how to give out your number: textnow.com/goyn
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    • 48 min
    Romance Scams & Never Been Kissed

    Romance Scams & Never Been Kissed

    Mark Brooks, dating industry advisor for dating app background check software RealMe, joins Damona to talk about the four big types of online dating predators and the stats behind the recent uptick in romance scams. Headlines: Bumble brings coffee dates back and the stork shows up for ScarJo + CoJo. Dear Damona: If they say they don't want kids does that mean forever and how to date as a 35 year old virigin who has never really been kissed.
    Keep your eye out for RealMe coming soon on all your favorite dating apps!
    textnow.com/goyn
    Dates & Mates is sponsored by TextNow. The app solves many major challenges D's clients face in dating today:
    You can keep your main number private You can separate your personal and dating contacts Plus, It’s easy to use and FREE.
    We are proud to collaborate with an app that empowers modern daters to feel safe and secure. If you want more information, check out Damona's video on when & how to give out your number: textnow.com/goyn
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    • 52 min
    The Love You Want & Fighting Fear

    The Love You Want & Fighting Fear

    Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, LEGENDS in the couple's therapy field and authors of NYT bestseller Getting The Love You Want, join Damona to explain the new definition of relationships and why fear is the center of every romance. Damona covers headlines: Christina Haack and Renee Zellwegger prove that slow love is the only way to go and Reddit might be able to help with your dating profile. Damona answers listener questions: Do divorced guys get a bad wrap in dating and do men in their 50s only want women half their age?
    Get Harville & Helen's book, Getting The Love You Want, on Amazon or wherever you get your books!
    Want to be a part of Damona's Content Club? You should consider joining the FWBs at Patreon.com/datesandmates

    This episode is brought to you by TextNow!
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    Dates & Mates is sponsored by TextNow. The app solves many major challenges D's clients face in dating today:
    You can keep your main number private You can separate your personal and dating contacts Plus, It’s easy to use and FREE.
    We are proud to collaborate with an app that empowers modern daters to feel safe and secure. If you want more information, check out Damona's video on when & how to give out your number: textnow.com/goyn
     
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    • 44 min
    How To Be Confident & Live Reconnected

    How To Be Confident & Live Reconnected

    Nick Notas, dating and confidence coach behind Live Reconnected, coaches on how to communicate better in dating and how to find confidence. In the Dating Dish, Damona covers headlines: the surprising way gossip helped Van Jones' love life and Tinder keeps rolling out the good stuff (read: revolutionizing app features). Dear Damona questions: How to keep yourself from getting attached too fast and is it shallow if you don't want to date a man with kids?
    Find more from Nick online: Reconnected on YouTube or at livereconnected.com
    textnow.com/goyn
    Dates & Mates is sponsored by TextNow. The app solves many major challenges D's clients face in dating today:
    You can keep your main number private You can separate your personal and dating contacts Plus, It’s easy to use and FREE.
    We are proud to collaborate with an app that empowers modern daters to feel safe and secure. If you want more information, check out Damona's video on when & how to give out your number: textnow.com/goyn
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

kwajkid ,

Fun and honest dating advice

Thanks for a realistic show about modern dating!
your show has helped me get ready to get back out thereafter my divorce. I appreciate the down to earth discussion and open talk about modern dating. I feel ready to date and prepared for some of the people I’ll meet.
(Could do without the “dating dish” gossip segment)

madameskittle ,

YAAASS!

Damona gives thoughtful and encouraging advice! Love all the different topics and perspectives she brings up.

Rinzler_ ,

Best Dating and Relationship podcast EVER!! 🙌🏽

If you’re searching for a great dating advice pod look no further! Damona Hoffman has been a certified dating coach for over 15 years. She’s always up to date with current trends in dating news and statistics. Her and her team are the BEST!!! ❤️
—Chris

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