Great article! I’m about the same age as you, and I think you’re spot on here. I’ve *never* been good at dating — I suck at small-talk, and I don’t suffer fools — but it seems like the expectations have just gone crazy now that we have internet dating. I’ve tried it a few times, and it always ended in disaster. I still keep trying to go out into meatspace to actually meet people…but it’s hard with a full-time job. Plus I live in a college town, so I’m a decade or two older than almost everyone in the room (wherever I go). So I see the potential in online dating…but the reality of it is pretty far off from the potential.

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