Today’s dating world is miles apart from the dating days of my youth. And I say that with a smirk. I never dated until I was in college. Maybe I missed out on the basics 101 of dating? Still though, it was a time before cell phones, Facebook, texting and online dating. People met through friends, at school or out somewhere; a conversation ensued and numbers were exchanged. A date was arranged and the guy would pick up the girl and out they would go for drinks or dinner or a movie. Time was spent together along with long chats on the phone. Oh how things have changed. Now, your fate depends on a left or right swipe and a short paragraph that’s supposed to grab someone’s attention. Introductions are made through text or emails. To think about how many texts I’ve received over the past five years is mind boggling. Conversations have been diminished to short little texts with an emoji that’s supposed to express the mood of the words… which aren’t even words anymore… BFF, BRB, LOL, WRUD…. And sexting. Really??? I’ve never felt less sexy. And for someone to push that in my face when they don’t even know me, well… it’s a bit degrading. How are you supposed to get to know someone that way? You can’t. Relationships aren’t built on emojis and dirty one-liners from pornos. Does anyone have basic conversation skills anymore? Men and women have enough communication problems without this mess.
I could fill pages ranting on texting in the dating arena and dating in general. I admit, I rely heavily on texting concerning my friends. But in dating, no.. It should not be the main mode of communication when trying to get to know someone. When that becomes the case, I’ve learned to pay attention to actions. “Actions speak louder than words.” It’s a saying we’ve all heard but pay little attention. Words are easy. Made even easier by the impersonal text, which is also very one-dimensional. With text, you have no references: was there a joking smile with a comment or a wink of an eye? Was their tone of voice serious? Did the person look away or make eye contact? There’s no touch of a hand for reassurance. It’s not a good vehicle to share and express emotions and feelings. We read into them what we want. I was seeing someone who knew exactly what to say to me. He flattered me with sweet little texts every morning and throughout the day and I fell for it. Who doesn’t want to hear they are beautiful? Isn’t it wonderful to read that someone’s thinking of you and wants to see you? It was short-lived bliss. When confronted with the question “when will I see you?” and all he had were excuses, the gig was up. The sweet sentiment of his words were lost on his actions.
Begging someone to be apart of our lives shouldn’t be a part of the dating equation. If it is, then it’s not meant to be. We shouldn’t be left wondering what that I ♥ U!! truly means or if WRUD really means they are interested and want to see us. Our actions reveal our true intentions. If feelings are mutual, finding time to talk and be together is something you just do. It’s really that simple.