Online dating is not for everyone and that’s okay.
According to the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of American adults use online dating sites and apps, and 59 percent believe it’s a good way to meet people. But that doesn’t mean online dating is the end-all-be-all of finding a partner.
Getting consumed by the world of profile pictures, ghosting and sometimes shallow hookups can be discouraging, and can often lead to burn out. Sometimes the healthiest thing to do is to delete your profile so you can take stock of what really matters.
And who knows, maybe the best person for you is down the street and not in your inbox.
1. Not even the ads match with you on Tinder.
Who really cares about Tinder Social?
2. You’re relating a little too much with the movie Her.
Maybe it’s the lack of human contact but your phone is not your S.O. It’s time to put it down.
3. You find yourself swiping left 99 percent of the time.
Nope. Nope. Nope.
4. Your matches never go beyond the online messages.
If you’re not going to meet up, there’s no point.
5. You’re stressing about replies, and taking it personally when they don’t.
It’s hard to get rejected, but you shouldn’t sweat it. Most of the time, it’s not about you. It just wasn’t meant to be. Just move on to the next person.
6. You’re considering matching with coworkers, classmates or people you see every day.
If it’s a coworker, that person from your night class or even that person your friend swears they’re not into anymore stay away.
7. You can’t remember which app you met them on.
At some point, people start becoming a blur. It’s time to step back.
8. You’ve realized you’re just trying to find access to HBO Go.
And that’s fine. But what if they want something more?
9. When people try to talk to you at a bar, you assume it’s for recruitment to a cult.
Just remember there are real singles out there who want to talk to you without making you a convert.
10. You keep finding the same people in other dating apps.
Dej vu isn’t always cute.
11. Everyone you’re seeing starts becoming the same person.
They love to laugh, stay active, drink whiskey and eat tacos. They probably live in Brooklyn.
12. OkCupid is your home page.
You don’t need to check it that often.
13. Tinder always shows up in your Siri app suggestions when you swipe down.
Siri knows you a little too well.
14. You unlock your phone and open the app without even realizing it.
Dating apps are the new Facebook.
15. You have carpal tunnel from swiping.
Time to ice your wrists.
16. You’re swiping so much you keep seeing the same profiles over and over.
You’ve come back to the beginning and are starting to see profiles you’ve rejected already. Are they better this time around? Maybe.
17. You’re only looking at pictures.
Online dating tends to make us a little shallower than we are in real life. Remember that people are much better when they’re not in 2D.
18. Your filters are getting too narrow.
Not everyone is going to perfectly fit your parameters. You might be missing someone who it just one mile too far than you’re looking. You never know.
19. You’re only getting messages from creeps.
Sometimes you need to be the first person to message them. But if you’re not, you might end up with an inbox full of deal breakers.
20. You don’t know what to say anymore.
Ice breakers tend to feel old after a while.
21. You can’t make the first move.
Maybe all the rejection has gotten to you, but if you’ve gotten to the point where you refuse to make the first move, it might be best to take a break.
22. You’re spending all your energy on dating.
If you’re neglecting spending time on your friends, your job, your mental or physical health, or even just your personal happiness to go on dates just stop.
23. You don’t know what you want.
It’s important to be open to a match being something more than a meaningless hook up, but if you have no idea what you want when it comes to dating, maybe you should take stock of that before getting another person involved.
24. You’re embarrassed to be on a dating app.
It’s 2016. You’re going to be okay.
25. You’re just not having fun.
Don’t be miserable. Live that single life.
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