OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, and Tinder - oh my!
Online dating (and dating apps) are probably the most common way for millennials to meet new partners and hookups. (I’m pretty sure Match.com said that 1 out of every 3 marriages begins online now?!)
Online dating is great, but there’s also a hella steep learning curve. Here are all the things I’ve learned from 5 years of (mostly terrible) online dating:
The first time you meet someone in real life will be absolutely terrifying.
Honestly, the second time isn’t all that much better.
First dates with guys you met online will never cease to be awkward.
People will rarely fit the exact expectation you have of them.
Actually, they’ll probably never fit your expectations perfectly.
The lack of fitting the expectations? It’ll be the best part of meeting new people.
You’ll never know how to dress for a first date.
Guys lie about their height. All. The. Fucking. Time.
Just because someone makes you laugh via message doesn’t mean they’ll make you laugh in real life.
Just because a guy is objectively good looking doesn’t mean that you’ll want to fuck him.
Deal breakers become so much more prominent when you’re online dating.
Seriously, you’re going to be way pickier.
You don’t have to respond to every single message you get.
You don’t have to go out on dates with every single guy you message.
It’s always better to explain why you don’t want to speak to someone anymore than to ghost.
That said, you’ll probably be ghosted on multiple times.
You never do get explanations about why guys disappear.
You might never actually meet the love of your life on a dating app.
Things might really work out with a random guy from Tinder.
So maybe you aren’t super into online dating...but you can always give it a try?
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