Once I was on a tinder date and the dude I was at dinner with pulled out his phone and started showing me the IG pics of mine he had masturbated to Paul Thomas and Wes, of course. My roommate went on a bumble date and was nervous so decided to pound shots in her car once she got to the place they were meeting and the guy was parked next to her and watched her chug vodka for 5 minutes. Dating is rough. I think you should go.
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Let me preface this with the fact that I have nothing against online dating sites and apps. Online dating is a great way for busy people with weird schedules or those who just want to meet someone new outside of their current circle to find romance with a potential husband, wife, or friend with benefits. That said, there are some of the worst dating sites and apps that are just really terrible places to find love, romance, hook-ups, or even just a decent human being. The world is full of creeps and dishonest human beings, and using these dating sites is a surefire way to seek those people out. Sure, a lot of sites are alright, but some are definitely more on the sketchy side than others.
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And I get it, it really might feel like an encouraging thing to say. The underlying meaning is, "I think you're awesome just the way you are, and others will, too. The very thing that's attractive about "being yourself" is that you are not aware of yourself when you're in that state. The advice to "just be yourself" then has the opposite effect, since it puts your attention back on you -- exactly where you don't want it! Try this instead: The whole point of going on a date is to get to know someone else, not to think about you.
Dating is messy enough as is, but the Internet complicates it even more. How can you definitely know who a person is before you meet them IRL? What if they secretly have a face tattoo?