Too Many Too Tweet
There is no question the new age of social media has caused a shift in the dating world. While there are many benefits to social media in regards to dating, (the fact that you can obtain a manual of someone’s background, education, interests, and number of slutty friends so easily is a god-send) it requires a number of new, unspoken rules.
For instance, how many dates do you go on before it is acceptable to request to be Facebook friends? Obviously, you’ve already sufficiently Facebook stalked your date, praying that he/she is kind enough (or stupid enough) to have their information available to the public. How many more dates after that before you can add their friends on Facebook? Assuming of course you’ve met their friends. Adding their friends on Facebook if you’ve never met them is never acceptable and will instantly set off the “crazy siren.” Something you want to save for a later date.
That’s just Facebook. What about Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Foursquare, Myspace?! (Kidding about a Myspace…) Can you follow someone on Twitter before you add them on Facebook? Is it in poor taste to check-in your date on Twitter if you are hanging out together? Or send them a shout out? Post a picture to Instagram of the two of you canoodling?
While there doesn’t seem to be a how-to guide for social networking and the dating world quite yet, my real question is: do you actually want to be virtually connected to your new guy? The answer: probably not. Do you really want to know where the guy you’re dating is checking-in when he’s not with you? Do you want to see all the other hot girls posting on his Facebook wall? No, no, and no - but are you going to do it anyway to torture yourself? Yes, yes, and absolutely yes.
Frankly, I think the world would be a much simpler place if we could go back to the days of giving your phone number out, and waiting for a phone call. Not a text message, friend request, or new follower request. (Sneaking around was so much easier then!)However, it seems that social networking isn’t going away, in fact, it’s only getting more complicated. With more usernames and passwords to remember, and more profiles to keep up to date.
I hope someone is working on putting this manual together. I’m too busy updating my other blogs.
Marriage Material? Show ‘em the finger.
Alas, even my idealist hopes and dreams are continually shattered when I put my faith in the intelligence level of our human race. Harsh I know, but I do have an example to follow up this statement. (Wow, if only my past professors could see me now).
I was under the impression that most people knew the meaning behind a ring on a specific finger on someone’s left hand (for those of you who are struggling to follow me here, I don’t know what else to say but my heart weeps for you) but as reality has it, this concept is lost among some. I wasn’t going to break it down, but here we go anyway (sorry to those intellectuals out there who don’t need the play by play, consider yourself a rare breed)…
On average, it is safe to assume that anyone wearing a ring on their left ring finger is married, and therefore, anyone not wearing a ring on their left finger, is fair game. Seeing how I am single, (something I have to repeat often at family functions) I do not wear a wedding ring. So I was a bit taken aback when a gentleman approached me at the bar and asked me if I were married. (Excuse me sir, do you see a ring on my finger? No? Then why are you asking me such a stupid question?)
My response: “Umm, no.” As I said, I was caught off guard by such a question.
His response: “Oh good, because I’m not the type to date married women.” Well congratulations to you! And who said anything about dating?
I was nice and said, “Well, that’s good for you.” Then quickly excused myself to “go to the restroom.”
In the wise words of Beyonce, he was certainly not the type I was looking for to “put a ring on it.”
WHY I DON’T DATE LA GUYS
LA GUY: “Hey legs spread wide… Or bent over on all four back arched? Yes I’m good looking yes I have an abnormally large cock and yes I’m successful.”
ME: (rolls eyes) “And your ego is as annoying as the Heat when they won the nba finals.”