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TLDR: Freeclimbing is when you get lost in a deep, dark hole of cyber-stalking your match on Facebook, Instagram, Google, you name it. Once upon a time, you matched with, what seemed like, the world’s most amazing human being, ever....
While there are plenty of online dating strategies you should follow, here’s one that you absolutely, no matter what, should never, ever mimic. Imagine this if you will: you go out on a date with a promising match. It’s...
If you spent a pretty penny on a first date wooing a new girl you’re not 100 percent sure about (yet)—we have good-ish news for you. You probably didn’t spend millions of dollars only to end up disappointed, right?...

Dating Glossary: DTR

TLDR: DTR is the discussion two people have when they want to decide if they are in a relationship—or not. In a relationship, there are four words that every man fears: We need to talk. And before two people have...
TLDR: Zombieing is when someone ghosts you—and then reappears out of nowhere—months or years later. The first rules of zombie fighting are simple: Carry a gun, beware of bathrooms. Have good cardio, and always do the double tap. Though these...
If you ask most singles currently in search for a mate, they’ll agree… dating sucks. Or maybe they won’t be that negative if they skew more of a ‘hopeful’ romantic than a hopeless one, but they will say it’s...
TDLR: Curving: when a person rejects you subtly and continuously—but keeps you hanging on. It’s not about how well you take a windy route, or the best way to throw a baseball. In modern dating, curving might be one...
TDLR: Breadcrumbing: when you give the idea you’re interested in a relationship—or sex—but never follow through. You might have to use cliff notes—but try to think back to when you read Hansel and Gretel. In the story, a brother and...
TDLR: Cushioning: when you’re in what you think is a serious relationship, but your partner is keeping ‘cushions’ in the wings—just in case. If you’ve never said it out loud, it allows us to give you the mic and take...
You’ve heard those horror stories from your female friends, detailing the wildly inappropriate—and flat out crazy—interactions they’ve had with dudes on dating apps. It’s appalling and ridiculous, but have you ever wondered if perhaps you’ve come off creepy, without...
It’s one thing to scope out the dating scene when you’ve never agreed to happily ever after, and another when you’ve ended a marriage. For those who were with a partner for decades, putting yourself back out into the...
TLDR: Micro-cheating: where you aren’t 100 percent emotionally faithful to your partner–but physically, you don’t break any rules. Some couples find the concept of monogamy restrictive and unreasonable, prompting them to adopt an open relationship. Others keep their love affair...
TLDR: Benching is when you keep someone on the backburner—just in case someone else better doesn’t come along. Those star-studded, rose-colored rom coms all have one shiny quality in common: they feature a bold, grand gesture. It’s what makes...
TLDR: Ghosting: when someone you’re romantically interested in completely disappears without warning or communication. You swipe right. You match. You start a witty banter. You go out on a Tuesday for happy hour for a drink. That leads to four...
TLDR: Cuffing season: when singles actively seek a partner once the weather transitions from warm to cold temperatures. The second the first chill hits the air, the run-of-the-mill posts begin: ‘It is almost time to put up the Christmas...
TLDR: Catfishing is when someone pretends to be someone they aren’t online—and never wants to meet you in person. While your grandpa might associate this lake creature with a fun Friday night with a six-pack of beer, being catfished in...
I have a little confession to make: when I turned 25, I was devastated. Though at the time, I lived in New York City where toxic bachelorhood runs rampant and is contagious, my Southern roots were begging to get...
It’s Friday night, and your group of close friends is blowing off steam from the work week with a round of happy hour drinks. While your outgoing, enthusiastic friend is happily chatting up an attractive stranger, you find yourself...
If you want to be in a relationship but can’t seem to meet the right person, there is nothing more frustrating than bad dating advice. Regardless of their age, experience, location or current romantic status, it seems like everyone—from...
There are good first date ideas and there are bad first date ideas and while you’re an active member of the dating world, you’re likely to encounter a handful of both. Hey, you can’t win ‘em all—but you can...