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Dating in 2023 Sucks, Here’s What You Can Do

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Madi Failla
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“There are plenty of fish in the sea”’ is a phrase that has long been used to offer an optimistic perspective on dating. However, in the year 2023, the seas have seemingly run dry, as those very fish are now held hostage by individuals seeking the perfect dating profile picture.

In the age of rapid technological advancements, the way we approach dating has undergone a radical transformation. Dating in 2023 is a far cry from the traditional courtship rituals of the past, and for many, it has become an arduous and often disheartening journey. The emergence of dating apps, shifting societal norms, and the overwhelming influence of technology have all contributed to a dating landscape that can often feel more daunting than delightful.

The ubiquity of dating apps has undoubtedly reshaped the dating experience. While they offer a convenient way to connect with potential partners, they have also given rise to a disposable dating culture. Swiping right or left on countless profiles can lead to a superficial approach to dating, where meaningful connections are often sacrificed for the sake of instant gratification. The paradox of choice has become a significant drawback of modern dating, leaving many individuals overwhelmed and unable to commit to a single person.

The anonymity afforded by dating apps has given rise to the alarming phenomenon of “ghosting.” In a world where communication is easier than ever, the act of suddenly cutting off all contact with someone has become shockingly common. This lack of basic courtesy not only causes emotional distress but also leaves those on the receiving end questioning their self-worth. It’s a practice that would be considered unacceptable in the dating world of yesteryears, where face-to-face interactions were the norm.

Dating in 2023 is also plagued by the pervasive issue of “breadcrumbing.” This is when a person gives just enough attention and affection to keep someone interested without ever fully committing. It’s a manipulative behavior that leaves individuals hanging on to false hope, unable to move on and seek genuine connections. The lack of authenticity in modern dating often means that people aren’t being themselves, but rather, they’re projecting a curated version of their lives.

To navigate the tumultuous waters of dating in 2023, it’s crucial to embrace self-awareness, authenticity, and open communication. We must strive to break free from the shackles of superficiality, whether it be in the form of endless swiping or the facade of perfection that social media promotes.

It’s essential to be respectful, honest, and empathetic in our interactions with potential partners, ensuring that we treat others with the dignity they deserve.

 

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Madi Failla
Madi Failla, The SpringHillian Art Director/Staff Writer
Madi Failla is a senior from Haymarket, VA and is majoring in Graphic Design. Madi is apart of the women’s Soccer team at SHC. Her favorite drink is coffee and is mostly seen with a cup in her hand at all times. In her free time, Madi can be seen creating designs on her laptop and iPad.
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