Alright…ladies and gentlemen. Let’s have a chat about dating in 2018. The good, the bad, and the UGLY! My personal experience is that I had pretty much forced the thought of dating out of my head till last year. I just told myself I was going to focus on my careers and family and keep it moving. But suddenly one day I lifted my head up and saw my friends getting married or in serious relationships and realized something was missing. I’m not saying that a man will somehow complete me, but that I know that I am the type of woman who likes companionship and I wasn’t getting that. So I jumped right on the saddle the only way a millennial could, online dating! I set up profiles on a couple of sites, with the help of friends, and set out on my journey!
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a definite rollercoaster. I have been trying to keep an open mind with dating but to be honest it’s getting harder and harder. As I start conversations with many of the men, it seems as if things are going well and then suddenly the conversation stops and I’ve been ghosted. On the other hand I have made some friends though online dating surprisingly which is something I wasn’t expecting. Speaking of that one of the apps I’ve been on, bumble, now has a section for meeting friends and networking. I just set up profiles for those a couple of days ago so we’ll how that goes. And on the non app side of dating I’ve been trying to figure out where I should head to meet new people because in my lines of work I don’t get to meet too many single men. I also tend to be a homebody so I know I have step my game up and start heading out and being more adventurous.
To try and make sense of how dating works in these times I went to an event in Woodbridge, VA at Babylon last week called “Grown Folk Conversation: Navigating the dating landscape in the DMV” by a group called Bar Talks. Each month they meet at different bars and discuss different subjects. They also share the discussion by going live from their Facebook page. The panel had a variety of men and women all over the spectrum of dating and marriage. The topics ranged from the movie “Acrimony”, where to meet single people, dating people with different education backgrounds, and the power dynamic between men and women while dating. It was great to hear I wasn’t the only one out here flailing around in the dating world. And there was great audience participation with both men and women. We got to speak with the panel as they worked their way through the discussions. I would highly suggest going to the next event.
For more information on Bar Talks, click here for the Facebook page
So what has your experience been dating in 2018? Are you having any success? Do you have any tips? Do you have any horror stories? Please comment below because I’d love to read it all. And don’t forget to follow my page by pressing the follow button at the bottom.