Dating Disaster: Vegans Like You Cause Anorexia

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A recently single girl quickly learns the ups and downs of dating online.

A year and a half ago, I re-located halfway across the country for graduate school in a city where I knew no one. Uprooting my life and moving away from all my friends was scary enough, but saying goodbye to a tormented three-year relationship from college was even scarier—it finally became real that we were over. For better or worse, my life was completely starting over. Are College Students Failing At Love?
 
After immediately hitting it off with my roommate (whom I found through Craigslist), I became close with the majority of her friends and I even met a guy I wanted to date. This lasted approximately a month before I got the, “It’s not you, it’s me” line along with some garbage about how he couldn’t “do” relationships. After that fizzled, I realized I had absolutely no idea where to meet men. Nobody wants to be the girl who works their way through the entire pool of guys in a friend group, my graduate program is all women, I work with an influx of gay men, and the bar scene isn’t good for anything more than one-night stands (I tried it). At the gentle prodding of my roommate, I registered on Match.com. I decided to try it for a month, and if it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out. I mean, how bad could it really be? New Ways To Date Online
 
Immediately upon posting my profile, I received a plethora of mail from 40-year-old men (even though my listed age range was 24-32), men who wrote in broken English (at best), and those who didn’t have any photos attached to their profile, which naturally led me to believe they were either married or super scary looking. While wading through the un-datable profiles, a gem suddenly appeared in my inbox: a 25-year-old sociology student who seemed to have a lot in common with me. After exchanging long emails for over a week and having a fairly effortless conversation on the phone, I agreed to go on a Saturday morning date with him since we both had plans for the rest of the weekend. Online Dating: Should I Lie About My Age?
 
When he picked me up, I was immediately struck by how much he didn’t look like his picture—about 40 pounds heavier and in desperate need of a haircut. Telling myself that I was too mature to be concerned solely with appearances, I was still optimistic. When I asked what he had in mind for the day, he told me that he wanted to go see a matinee and that he was totally “winning points for himself” by taking me to He's Just Not That Into You. Ummm, OK. I’m all about trashy romantic comedies—but with my girlfriends and not some guy who thinks it’s going to “win him points.” 7 Relationship Deal Breakers
 

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