I was completely unprepared for the shark-infested waters of online dating. I needed a crash course in modern love. I met the guys who followed him through real-life channels, too: at high school, at a concert, at a s-themed dance. Life had brought me two little boys and singledom, so what was I supposed to do when I felt ready to share my life with someone again? I had no idea how this world worked. And I had no idea what I wanted, or even what I wanted to be different this time around.
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If you have personally talked to one of the millions of people who have tried online dating, you know the results can be a mixed bag. Some find the love of their life and get married after a whirlwind romance, while others have a first date with the creepiest person imaginable. This variety may not be "the spice of life", but it is an inevitable reality of dating in general. Even traditional dating was not immune to these variances, back in the days when blind dates existed before online dating.
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When I was growing up, movies and TV shows made it appear that dating was just something that happened naturally in the adult world. People met in the most random places, felt some kind of spark, and then went on a date. It all seemed kind of effortless. My adult dating life has been anything but. Having spent most of my formative years figuring out and accepting my own sexuality, I found myself navigating unknown territory of the gay community and the New York dating scene at the same time.