Like backyard barbecues and sunburnt thighs, a seasonal squeeze is an essential part of every great summer. But you can’t be any geek off the street and expect to hold down a bitty through August. It doesn’t work that way. Between block parties, rooftop bars, and beaches, the summertime is crawling with competition. If you’re not careful, some lame named Patrick with all-over anchor print shorts and a Macklemore haircut will steal your girl.

Don’t become a statistic. Learn from other’s mistakes with How to Lose Your Summer Fling in 10 Easy Steps.

Written by Sean Evans (@seanseaevans)