Why I miss dating before the internet... and you should too.

Why I miss dating before the internet... and you should too.

Back in the olden days, before the invention of the internet, dating was so much simpler. You met a guy you liked, you talked on the phone after school, you went out on dates on the weekend so that you could get to know each other, it was kinda sweet. Then the internet happened. Now, getting to know someone was as simple as lurking their Facebook page. Anything you share socially, the good, the bad, and the ratchet, is instantly available for a potential bae to see and judge you by. That so sucks. I miss dating before the internet.

I remember seeing my older sister go out on dates when I was growing up and the whole thing seemed so fun. Dating was important because it was the only way to become familiar with someone. By the time I was her age, though, Myspace had taken the romance out of the whole courtship thing. I'll never forget the first time a guy asked me why I hadn't called him back and I told him I was busy studying, and he replied "But you had time to be on Myspace though." Booooooo! Myspace was player-hating long before the "duck face selfies" even became a thing.

Now that I have a boyfriend that I actually like and want to keep, I have to be super careful of what kinda pics I put up, too. Because boyfriend's be lurking. About a month ago, I posted a sexy pic showing off my progress on my lil' workout regimen I'd started to lose the weight I'd gained while healing from a broken ankle. Boyfriend wasn't having it. Boyfriend felt some kinda way about it. So, in an effort to finally be a good girlfriend to somebody for once in my life, I removed it... and posted this in it's place:

Another thing I hate about dating in the digital era is the fact that not only can a suitor see what's happening on my page, but I can also see what's happening on his. My boyfriend posts pics of us on his page frequently, everyone who follows him knows he has a girl. So why are chicks posting smiley face emoji's under all of his solo pics? What the hell are these emoji's for bitch? You're feeling smiley today bitch? You wanna see what happens to smiley hoes around my man bitch? I'm not even a territorial girl, but c'monnnnn. In real life, if a girl got all smiley around a dude who she knew was unavailable, nobody would get mad at the girlfriend for snatching that hoe's weave.

But that's not what annoys me the most about dating in the age of the internet. Oh no. The thing that I hate most is the fact that ex's never seem to go away. I mean, seriously. They. Never Go. Away. I don't want my ex dude Liking my pic of me and my new guy. I don't want him commenting on a pic of me and my mom, saying crap like "Tell your mother I said hello." Dude! If I don't even miss you what makes you think my momma does?

And don't even get me started on the fact that my ex's mom used to lurk my Twitter while we were dating, a fact I didn't learn until AFTER we broke up. She's probably reading this right now. If you're reading this, I hope you know I never liked you either, Terry. The feeling was hella mutual. Get your life.

The connectivity that the internet has brought us makes it so that we can bond with folks all over the world in ways that mankind never could before. That's a beautiful thing... just not when it comes to dating. And to be fair, if it wasn't for the world wide web, I never woulda met my guy, who macked me down after meeting me on my Facebook Fanpage. I just miss the days when dating was as simple as a boy writing me a note that said "Do you like me" with a check box next to it that said "Yes" or "No." And sure, I always wrote "Maybe" but that's not the point. That "Maybe" is way sexier and alluring than today's norm of a dude sliding in your DM's immediately after you post a selfie. All I'm saying is the internet took the mystery (and privacy) out of dating. And that's a bummer. For every happy relationship that sites like eHarmony and OKCupid create online, there are ten more being ruined by Twitter, Facebook, and smiley face emoji bitches on Instagram.

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