16 Stages Of Online Dating You KNOW Are True

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Looking for love in all the weird places.

The internet can house some really awesome things … and some especially strange things too. And when it comes to finding love and online dating, there are 16 odd stages we all go through. Some rock, some suck worse than a pelvic exam, but they are all the absolute truth, and we all know it. We begin by …

Finally being seduced into trying online dating by your friends, after your last serious relationship imploded.
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The closeted period, where you are too embarrassed to admit you're actually looking online
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Only telling your very closest friends that you're trying online dating, and then spending hours giggling over goofy profiles together.
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Meanwhile, you are checking your inbox obsessively (and we mean every three minutes) to see if anyone has taken a shine to you.
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Sending out dozens of messages in the vain hope that someone decent will reach back in this cold, lonely universe.
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OMG you got a message! And they don't look like a serial killer! Win!
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Celebrating with your friends that you might not die alone after all.
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Chatting for days, and then finally coming up with the courage to override your nerves and meet the person.
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Spending hours prepping for the date, and still hating the end result, then realizing that you don't have time to fix the mess you made of your hair and tearing ass for the restaurant.
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Suffering though a supremely awkward first date, when you knew five minutes in that there would be no second date.
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Being stuck listening to their long-winded explanation of their job/last trip/love of ferrets and wondering when you can escape this loon.
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Being wildly optimistic about the whole thing, even when he or she turns out to be an idiot
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The months go by and you're starting to get a little nervous, because you've met approximately 12,569 schmucks. Your courage and faith are starting to fail, and you have to make an apology to both you heart and genitals.
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Bonus level for journalists: Getting so frustrated by all the pervs and jerks on the internet that you round up their messages and post an article about it.
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Cursing your friends for getting you into this mess in the first place.
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Giving up and downing your sorrows in Yellow Tail … then starting all over again the next morning when someone new messages you, because it somehow still seems like a good idea.
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