Posts tagged "dating donts"

Dating Don’ts: Is It Really So Bad To Photoshop Your Online Dating Profile Pic?

I got into an debate with my friend the other day about a topic that I never thought I'd have to discuss — photoshopping your online dating profile picture. She's a recent adopter of OKCupid, and is what I would consider a power user, actively pursuing suitors, sending messages and going on countless dates, that…

By: Megan Reynolds / June 24, 2014

Dating Donts: Let’s Talk About The Rules

I was sitting with a couple of smart women that I respect when the subject of dating came up, as it tends to do. “I read The Rules, and it changed my life,” one friend told me, in complete earnestness. “I swear by The Rules. They really work.” I was taken aback, and for good…

By: Megan Reynolds / June 17, 2014

Dating Don’ts: How To Juggle Dating Multiple People At The Same Time

There comes a time in everybody’s dating career when your dance card suddenly becomes fuller than you know what to do with. One day, you’re swiping sullenly through Tinder bemoaning the lack of attractive, normal-seeming men that are possibly as tall as they say they are in their profiles, and the next, you find yourself…

By: Megan Reynolds / June 10, 2014

Dating Don’ts: The Case For Being The Third Wheel

I am the only person in my friend group not in a relationship, a swinging single floating in the midst of the happily coupled. Nights out are often curtailed early. Someone’s boyfriend is tired, someone else’s boyfriend has the stomach flu. One couple stayed out too late and now has to go home to rest…

By: Megan Reynolds / June 3, 2014

Dating Don’ts: In Praise Of The Work Boyfriend

I used to work with someone who was smart, funny, a little goofy, and relatively handsome. From his first day, I could tell that we were going to get along. Sure enough, after a few weeks, we had a routine. We smoked a morning cigarette together and discussed weekend plans. We stood next to each…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 27, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Why Public Proposals Are Mortifying

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on a roof deck with two friends, enjoying the first rays of the pre-summer sun and drinking a beer when I looked up in the sky and saw someone's life change. A skywriter was doggedly etching a message out into the cloudless blue expanse. We paused our…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 20, 2014

Dating Don’ts: To Swipe Left Or Right? Some Thoughts On Tinder

My first experience with Tinder was on the patio of my favorite bar one night last summer, sitting with friend. "You have to try this app," she told me. "You're gonna love it." I was out of a relationship, not interested in dating, but needed some sort of nudge to get me back in the…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 13, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Get Yourself A Spring Fling!

The long cold winter of our discontent has finally started to ease its grip on most of the country. If you live on the East Coast, you’ve most likely been buried in a never-ending pile of snow and frigid weather, seemingly doomed to spend the rest of your life mouldering in your abode, turning a…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 6, 2014

Dating Don’ts: A Field Guide To Pet Names For Your Significant Other

Part of the fun of starting a relationship is the shared discovery of the things that make you tick as a unit. Establishing a Sunday routine, dedicating a night to each other to stay in and watch shitty movies on Netflix -- this is what keeps the engine of your coupledom running smoothly. The more

By: Megan Reynolds / April 29, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Is Chivalry Dead? Maybe It Should Be

I’ve never been one for chivalry. I prefer to do things my way, and take pride in my own ability to lift things that are heavy, open doors on my own and find my coat in a sea of bodies and sad down jackets at a crowded bar. I’ve been with men who are completely…

By: Megan Reynolds / April 22, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Love In The Age Of Instagram

I have an inveterate aversion to the unexpected. I hate surprise parties. I conduct extensive consumer research before I purchase anything, from new shoes to vacuum cleaners. The idea of plunging blind into a situation fills me with a mounting dread, a gnawing in the pit of my stomach knowing that I have no say…

By: Megan Reynolds / April 15, 2014

Dating Don’ts: 7 Somewhat Universal Online Dating Dealbreakers

Online dating is a wild and wooly world full of missed connections, delicate communications, and the unique, but not uncommon experience of getting to know someone enough to meet them for one to two beers through a series of messages on the internet. This is the world we live in, and the beauty of online…

By: Megan Reynolds / April 8, 2014

Dating Don’ts: The Importance Of Independence

My ex-boyfriend’s parents have been married for years, but they sleep in separate beds. At first, I found this practice strange, a manifestation of a marriage that no longer had the sparkle, one that had become more comfortable and practical than anything else. I was wrong. His parents were, in fact, perfectly content, deeply comfortable…

By: Megan Reynolds / April 1, 2014

Dating Don’ts: How To Do The Adult Long-Distance Relationship

Say you meet a handsome stranger one night in the corner of a dark bar. He’s visiting from somewhere else, but something clicks and all of a sudden it's on. After a whirlwind week where you manage to cram in a months’ worth of getting to know you, he leaves, back to his life and…

By: Megan Reynolds / March 25, 2014

Dating Don’ts: 4 Things You Can Learn From Your Dinner Date

There are a lot of great ways to get to know somebody, but none are as efficient and satisfying as going out to eat with a person. I'm someone who takes food very seriously — cooking for people I care about is truly one of my favorite things to do, and as someone who eschew…

By: Megan Reynolds / March 18, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Honesty Is Relative

I wasn’t entirely honest with the last person I dated. Our relationship, when it started, was a new, quivery thing, something that I had to ease myself into after a prolonged breakup. I was working through lingering feelings for my ex, along with the attendant baggage. The new boyfriend wanted complete and total honesty, which…

By: Megan Reynolds / March 11, 2014

Dating Don’ts: How The Meet-Cute Is Ruining Your Love Life

Let me set the scene for you. One day you’re at the grocery store, dutifully squeezing all the avocados until you find the ripest ones, then moving them to your basket. You have your headphones in, you’re concentrating very intently on the task at hand, and you’re really not thinking about anything other than the…

By: Megan Reynolds / March 4, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Suggested Mourning Timelines For 3 Different Kinds Breakups

Breakups suck, whether you’re the dumper or the dumpee. No matter which end of the fray you're on, there follows a mourning period, a delicate time in which you probably lash out at friends, obsess over details of the way things ended, and make ill-advised decisions about ice cream for dinner and browsing on Tinder.

By: Megan Reynolds / February 25, 2014

Dating Don’ts: 4 First Date Tips For People Who Don’t Do It That Often

No one really likes first dates because they are the most stilted of all human interactions, second only to that thing that happens when you’re trying to pass someone on the street, and you keep feinting the same way. As a result of this intense and horrible discomfort, people try to avoid dating at all

By: Megan Reynolds / February 18, 2014

Dating Don’ts: 9 Tinder Profiles That Made Me Swipe Left

College Humor recently launched a video titled "Tinderella," an animated fairytale parody depicting Cinderella if she and her prince met on Tinder. The video ends with the two hooking up and never speaking again. Honestly, I envy anyone who made it to the fleshy phase using the dating app. You are stronger than me. By: Gina Fitch / February 11, 2014
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