Although we're pretty lucky to have access to hundreds of singles on all of these dating apps out there, it's important to take a break from online dating from time to time. Even though dating apps are super convenient, they're, unfortunately, putting a stop to the meet-cute. Many women prefer meeting men in real life because it creates the opportunity for a more natural connection. A face-to-face first meeting allows you to get a feel for his personality, his sense of humour and his ability to converse in person, none of which can be determined on an app.
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I first created an OKCupid account in , and for nearly five years, online dating and I had a tumultuous, on-and-off relationship. Then, in December of , I decided I would take a break from online dating—and that unlike my previous "breaks," this one would last for more than a few weeks. It's actually ended up lasting a year because after seven months, I met someone—and it was IRL. The biggest reason I had for deleting my dating apps was just an insufficient return on investment. Whether because we didn't have much in common or we weren't willing to put in much effort, my conversations rarely left the texting stage.
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Years ago, I was just out of a terrible relationship and in no mood to date again. My friends were all excited for my between-boyfriend time. I'd enjoy an exhilarating freedom—I could learn how to paint or wear yoga pants all weekend long if I wanted. Best of all, there were hundreds of online dating sites waiting for me to sign on.
Hands up if you have hundreds of matches on dating apps who you've never spoken to. It's a pretty common habit, and probably the result of just having too much choice. But according to Erika Ettin, relationship coach and the founder of dating site A Little Nudge, this is just one of the many ways we are doing ourselves a disservice when it comes to looking for love.
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