Date night — whether it's the hundredth or the first — has a penchant for getting stuck in the dinner-and-a-movie rut. We hunted down 5 fun, out-of-the-box dates ideas that don't include sitting silently in a darkened theater. Plus, they'll surely get your heart pumping or at least your toes tapping to keep the "Tell me about your day…" conversation at bay.
It's 12:55 a.m. and even as I write this I know I don't need to tell you that the night shift sucks because if you're reading this it means that you're up too and you're probably in the same situation that I am in. I really don't mind sleeping in and having my mornings open to leisurely hang around the house, but while everyone is out to dinner and happy hour you are busy working away at the office.
When you're setting up an online dating profile, there is one part of it that is more important than anything else: your profile picture. As nice as it would be if we lived in a society that thought the "About Me" section was more important than the evidence of physical attraction, we don't (at least when it comes to first impressions). And so, if you're trying to make a good impression on all of the online suitors out there, you have to pick the right profile picture.
For many, New Year's Eve is a very, very big deal. It's a night to dress to the nines, fork over a hefty chunk of change for exclusive parties, and hope to hell you have someone to kiss at midnight. Having someone to kiss at midnight is so ingrained in our culture that, for some, the thought of not having someone with whom to lock lips feels like the end of the world.
With the year coming to a close, looking back on everything that we were (and weren't) able to accomplish with a wistful eye is par for the course. And when you're single, that feeling of resentment pretty much intensifies. Whether it's worrying over those missed connections or kicking yourself because of the one that got away, we've all had that moment where we let past mistakes manifest in our heads. But instead of wasting time thinking about what you can't change, zone in on the present.
In this day and age, "I love you" is sometimes said without meaning and effort. It's said through "I love you" snapchats that disappear within seconds, through text messages that eventually get deleted and through facebook messages that sometimes aren't even seen. Back in the day, saying "I love you" was timeless. It was expressed in ways that created a permanent spot in your memory and/or left behind a memento in your life that was impossible to forget.
Once you take marriage vows, you have what a sacred sanctity. However, with up to 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, that's not exactly the case anymore—and online dating platform is well aware of this fact. Not that we're blaming them, these couples are aware of the choices they're making and the consequences that come with these decisions. The fact that there's actually a market for married people in online dating baffles us a little.
Let's face it, no one on earth actually wants to date a cheater but oftentimes we don't see the signs that our beloved boyfriend or girlfriend is secretly a shady little liar who's about to ruin your life. Forget him answering his second cell phone in the closet every night or her being less affectionate with you and drooling over your best friend when he walks in the room.
There's something about the holiday season that can either make or break a new relationship. Maybe it's the panic of trying to figure out what kind of present you should buy each other (or are you even at a present-giving level yet? You don't know!), the stress of having to meet each other's families for the first time, or the overwhelming feeling of love in the air that reminds both of you that you two aren't quite there just yet.
Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it's time that we finally get to the most exciting part: Figuring out ways that you and your partner can make it a special one. If this is your first time spending the holidays together, knowing how to whip up healthy recipes is just half of the fun.
Kids, be forewarned: the mother of all facepalms is coming your way. No, make that 10 of them. We polled the editors in the YourTango office, and came up with 10 messages from dating sites that are too ridiculous to believe. From propositions for sex to sketchy proposals to one that reeks of xenophobia, we can't quite make heads or tails of these messages.
Let's get something out of the way right now: awkward girls rock. I say that as a proud, card-carrying awkward girl myself. I can't flirt for my life (unless I'm not interested in a person, which has led to some problems), and I have less game than a toddler. And I'm not the only one.
Think that ghosts, witches and goblins are frightening? Try being on a date with some of these terrifying people. These daters were tricked into thinking they were in for a treat—but things got freaky quicker than a D-list scary movie. They give a whole new meaning to "dating horror stories."
Let me preface this with the fact that I have nothing against online dating. Online dating is a great way for busy or introverted people, or those with weird schedules, or just those who want to meet new people outside their current circle and local haunts, to find romance or a hookup or a husband or wife or friend with benefits. I know several people who've met spouses or long-term loves through online dating, and that's rad.