Dating in 2023

Not-So-Spoiler: It sucks.

Ask mostly anyone on the hunt (or formerly on the hunt) for some kind of companionship -- casual dating, an actual relationship, something that could be long-term/end game, and probably 99.5% of people will tell you that dating sucks.

It's full of liars, cheats, catfish, manipulators, and unsolicited...ahem..."eggplant emojis." (If you know, you know. If you don't, ask a friend.)

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Photo by Nik on Unsplash

Dating Apps

Yet here most of us are, still being open to shooting our shot or having someone (who is hopefully mostly a decent human being and not so much a creep) shoot their shot with us in hopes of finally finding our soulmate.

With low expectations, we swipe on Tinder, we cast a line on Plenty of Fish, we buzz around on Bumble, assuming the worst but hoping for the best. But, unfortunately, our assumptions usually hold true, and the best couldn't be further from what we actually end up with.

aj945 via Instagram / Photo by Robert Zunikoff on Unsplash
aj945 via Instagram / Photo by Robert Zunikoff on Unsplash

Dating Horror Stories

A Massachusetts woman named Ashlee has gone viral for a video she posted running through all of the reasons she's done with online dating "at least until next week maybe" with the clearly sarcastic caption "Dating is SO fun...loving every minute."

In the video, Ashlee basically says that it's impossible to find a good partner in the dating world these days (nothing we don't already know, but videos like this help single people at least feel like they aren't going through the -- for lack of a better term, crap -- alone.)

The last straw was this past weekend when I went on a date and I got canceled on while I was in the parking lot. When you do connect with someone on online dating, chances are they're not gonna talk to you. If they do talk to you, they're immediately gonna take it to a sexual place. If they don't, when you actually go on the date and meet them, then they'll take it to a sexual place, or they'll be a creep and give you a baby doll named Kevin.


We've known the ghosting stories, the standing dates up stories, the inappropriate DM stories...but baby dolls named Kevin?

Looks like none of us will be sleeping tonight, or going on dates with anyone named Kevin anytime soon.

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