If you hit it off with someone immediately, it can be easy to get over-excited about your romantic future, which can lead to feelings developing at an abnormal pace.Though this isn't true for everyone, I know that I've been an inappropriate level of 'heartbroken' after things ended with someone I'd really only known for a few weeks, strictly because of the accelerated nature of the relationship.Great for boredom, terrible for day-to-day productivity.With online dating, everything seems to move at warp speed.Compared to the relatively snail-like pace of meeting someone IRL, getting to know them, becoming friends, and then maybe going on a date, the way things work online is crazy-fast.Here's a breakdown of how things might typically go in a given three-hour period I spend on a dating app: I learn someone exists, make small talk, ask a few personal get-to-know-you questions, flirt (with varying levels of subtlety), exchange numbers, and ask him out.It's often talked about in a funny, "haha that's so crazy" way, but the reality is that — and I don't mean to sound dramatic — there are real weirdos and predators out there.
The unfortunate (and unnecessary) stigma surrounding STIs mixed with the fast and often casual nature of online dating is not a good combination.
But if I had a dollar for every time I read something like "if you don't look like your pictures, you're buying my drinks until you do," I could probably get Sallie Mae to stop calling me every five minutes.
Even if someone isn't outright sexist, online dating nevertheless breeds a sense of entitlement, and people seem to have very high demands regarding what they're looking for in a partner.
Don't be afraid to Google stalk — if you want to meet someone, it's your right to actually confirm their existence before hanging out (or even chatting) with them.
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