Using various apps is nearly a universal mandate of modern dating. As much as we try to avoid them, they’re really the easiest option to meet the most people who have similar interests and goals. Yes, it’s awkward. Yes, it’s superficial. Yes, you can still try to meet someone in the wild by joining clubs and hitting up the bar scene, but it’s probably better to cover all of your bases. Dating is, unfortunately, a numbers game these days.
Still, if you’re going to dive into the wild west of modern dating, you should probably have a basic idea of what to expect. These experiences skew pretty female (Sorry, dudes, I write what I know), but a knowledge of what’s out there is good for everyone as is an idea on what not to say. Before you head out into the great unknown, here’s what you can look forward to when you put yourself out there.