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    Do you ever think of all the random ways people come in and out of your life? Some of the people we're most strongly bonded to are there simply because of the right circumstances, and there's just something terribly fragile about that. This is especially true when it comes to falling in love. The same guy who catches your eye one day could fly right past you another day. I've been in a relationship with the sweetest, most thoughtful, hottest, most who-raised-you-to-be-so-fantastic man ever for the past 8 months or so and I'm ridiculously happy -- but it almost didn't happen for us.

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    Ah, dating. Can't I just skip this whole dating thing and settle in with a nice, normal boyfriend who thinks I'm pretty and enjoys my cooking? No? I have to go through the rigmarole of getting to know guys on awkward first dates and deciding to move on or, worse (!), dealing with the unrequited crush when I'm not his cup of tequila? No? Damn.

    Occassionally, a date makes a confession on a first date that crosses him off my list almost immediately. Like the time this one guy admitted that he liked to smoke pot. A lot. To each their own, I guess, but I'm pretty sure I don't want a pot-head boyfriend.

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    It's a tale as old as time ... girl meets boy, girl falls in love at first sight, girl forgets to get his contact info or even his last name, girl uses Twitter to track down her "future husband." Wait, what? OK, maybe love stories have been around for as long as humans have existed, but this whole technological side to romance is pretty new.

    Emily Domesek was on a flight from Dallas to Calgary when she met Clauco, a dashing stranger in a blue sweater who was "born in Torino & lives in soho." The DIY lifestyle guru (she runs the site P.S. - I Made This) couldn't stop thinking about Clauco after the flight, but had no way to contact him. So she tweeted to American Airlines (and her nearly 55,000 followers) with the hope that they could help track him down.

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    Dating is hard. Online dating is even harder. But it's an increasingly common and less socially-weird-than-it-used-to-be way of meeting potential mates. I've done my fair share of it. I've tried OKCupid, eHarmony, and Match to name but a few of the cyber romantic walkways I have stumbled down. I haven't found love yet (call me, Michael Keaton). And while I might every so often shut down every single account and vow never to do it again, I always come back for more.

    Because the odds are a whole lot more likely that I'll meet a dude online than I will in real life. I work with mostly ladies, and while they are awesome, I am not attracted to ladies. When work is through, I go to the gym or usually I go home. So unless I plan on the potential disaster of hitting on someone at the gym or on the subway (where I feel like I'd just immediately be arrested for harassment), I've got to keep an open mind where online dating is concerned. 

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    To say that the dating world has changed in the last dozen or so years since I’ve been in it is an understatement. Back in the day (in the year 2001), the majority of people would look at you askance if you mentioned that you were going on a date with someone you met on the Internet.

    Nowadays, conversations between singles go something like this …

    “I have a date tonight!”“Where’d you meet him?”“Match -- of course.”

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    Researchers have found the key to a woman's heart. It's not the promise of flowers, jewelry, or even romantic date nights. The one thing that makes a man irresistible to us? A pronoun. Apparently men who use the word "whom" when they speak are more desirable. According to a statistical study published in Wired magazine, these guys get 31 percent more contacts from women through their online dating profiles.

    But I have to question if that really makes a man more click-worthy? The ladies here at The Stir are certainly skeptical. Here are the words and phrases we think will actually get a woman excited to connect with a guy.

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    Dating is rough, man. Well, sometimes it’s really good, but dang it if it doesn’t suck when that guy you thought you totally connected with doesn’t seem to return the feeling. Or maybe you’re getting along just fine, but then he says or does something that immediately snaps you to attention -- and not in a good way.

    Fact of the matter is that if you’re dating after divorce, you’ve got baggage. It’s hard to go from a supposedly lifelong committed relationship to dinner with someone you met online, texted a couple of times, and maybe had a phone conversation or two with. It’s exciting, yes, but it can also be nerve-wracking as all get out.

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    Dating in your 40s. Ain't it a bitch? If you're not sure why it's a bitch, let me count the ways. First of all, dating just generally kind of sucks. For every one halfway decent person you meet, you meet 10 weirdos, flakes, sex maniacs, or just plain old people you don't gel with. But in your 40s, it gets much, much worse. For one, men in their 40s suddenly decide you are too old for them. Yes, you go your whole life dating men who are your age, give or take a year or two, and suddenly, boom! The only guys who want you are in their 50s or 60s -- or 20s. I suppose it has something to do with those barely-working ovaries. Or maybe it's Hollywood. Thanks to men like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, and Nic Cage, men have become accustomed to seeing guys in their 50s banging chicks in their early 30s. They just naturally think this applies to them too.

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    It's crazy to think that right now, somewhere in the world, some poor girl is on a bad date. It's sad, really. And there's nothing we can do about it. 

    I feel bad for the girl even though I don't even know her. She's probably sitting at a Ruby Tuesday's somewhere, perusing the salad options on the menu, trying to stay positive. But before she knows it, she'll be thinking of plausible reasons to get out of this dinner. If I stab my leg with this fork and start bleeding, I can leave, right? 

    But she can't leave. She's stuck. And you know why. Here are the 12 stages of emotions you go through while on a bad date.

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    You guys, I am laughing so hard right now. There was a guy on Reddit that decided to pose as a woman in order to “prove” how much easier chicks have it than dudes when it comes to online dating. He lasted two hours before he got sick of it and deleted the account.

    A Redditor going by the name OKCThrowaway22221 was apparently joking around with a female friend recently that “girls have it easy on dating sites,” and just for kicks and giggles, he decided to set up a fake account -- a “gender-swapped version” of himself.

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