There’s no doubt that the dating scene is evolving, and not necessarily for the better. Sure, not everyone has been screwed over, but the trend is definitely favoring bad dating experiences rather than positive. Unfortunately, 2016 isn’t likely to bring about too many improvements in the love department, so don’t look for improvement in these 7 areas:
- Ghosting. Guys aren’t going to collectively develop a set of balls this year, even though they’re all a year older and (allegedly) wiser. For some reason, men fail to realize that their behavior leaves scars. They’re doing their entire gender a disservice by pulling this crap because we end up associating some men’s bad behavior with all (well, most) men.
- Communication. Men as just notoriously terrible at communication. I don’t think another year of life under their belt is going to fix this problem and, as technology continues to evolve, they’ll just find more ways to avoid having to talk to us about anything serious in person (if they do it at all).
- Commitment. To be fair, there are plenty of men out there who like commitment, aren’t terrified of it and know a good thing when they see it. Those men, though, usually already belong to some lucky woman. The other gentlemen floating around the dating sphere likely have no clue what they want, but just know that commitment is a dirty word, even if they can’t tell you why they think that.
- Cheating. Although I don’t subscribe to the idea that a cheater is always a cheater, the availability of easy women will remain high as Tinder continues to occupy so much of the male population’s free time. Since they wont communicate about the fact that they’re unhappy, you can bet they won’t break up with you either, so clearly the obvious choice is to get some on the side, right? Losers.
- Dating apps. At the beginning of a new year, people may feel desperate about entering — and eventually leaving — another year without a partner. This could flood dating apps, making it that much harder to sort through worthy players in the dating game… and unfortunately increasing the odds your dates will be duds. Maybe you should resolve to stay off of these apps until the middle of the year, when only the strong are still holding on.
- Honesty. I’m not sure why this one is so hard for people. You need to be who you are to find someone else who’s compatible with who you actually are. Men seem to misunderstand this philosopy and feel that lying is a much better way to secure their end states. Not all men lie — and sure, we’re all notorious for stretching the truth a bit during a first date, but men really take this too far. They’re likely to continue lying in an attempt to protect themselves, and their egos.
- Players. Some guys just love the game, and once they get what they want, they think they’ve won and then they vanish. It is disgusting really, but sadly we as women perpetuate this game and make it OK. Unless we stop doing that, it will continue. So in 2016 we need to stop letting guys play us and be strong and adamant about being respected. Damn it, we’re worth it!