The Life Of A Hopeless Romantic In The Age Of Tinder

Hopeless romantics dream about finding the love of their lives so that they can begin a beautiful journey together. However, now that hookup culture has taken over, it’s more difficult than ever for all of those hopeless romantics to get their way. Life is a struggle for them, and the likes of Tinder haven’t made it any easier. Here’s how life is different for those who still believe in good old fashioned love:

  1. You refuse to sign up for dating websites. There’s nothing wrong with finding love through Tinder, but you still want a movie worthy love story. You’re hoping to find your man while on a hay ride in autumn or while ice skating in winter. The cornier, the better.
  2. You hate the idea of Netflix and chill. It doesn’t matter if a man wants to date you or seduce you. Either way, he needs to put in more effort than simply asking you over to watch some romantic comedies with him. You want to live a romantic comedy. That means he should be inviting you to go to a carnival or on a boat ride. Netflix won’t cut it.
  3. You’re not easily impressed. Modern gentleman are entirely different than the type of gentleman you’re looking for. Nowadays, a man’s biggest gesture will be bringing McDonalds to your doorstep and letting you share his fries. While that’s nice and all, you’d prefer a man to toss rocks at your window while holding a boombox over his head.
  4. Sex isn’t all you’re interested in. There are plenty of women who love to sleep with men and never call them again, but you’re not one of them. You think that cuddling in bed is just as much fun as rolling around in bed. In fact, you’d rather share an emotional connection with a man than a physical one.
  5. You always end up disappointed. It’s not that you’re gullible. You’re just optimistic. Whenever a guy takes an interest in you, you hope that he’ll finally be the man you’re going to marry. However, he’ll just turn out to be another guy looking for a one-night stand, and you’ll be left feeling disappointed once again.
  6. It seems like you’re the only one who wants to commit. You might dream about getting married while you’re young, but most people your age are only interested in hooking up. They won’t be ready to commit until they’re in their late 30s, and that’s when you already want to be settled down with a family. If you’re looking for someone your own age to date, you might have trouble.
  7. Pinterest is your savior. While all of your friends are on Tinder trying to get laid, you’re busy on Pinterest trying to plan your future wedding. It doesn’t matter that you’re single. There’s nothing wrong with planning your wedding around the groom.
  8. The walk of shame doesn’t make sense to you. Casual sex doesn’t appeal to you, but even if it did, you wouldn’t want to leave the man’s house as soon as the sun rose. The best part of having a boy around is waking up next to him, eating breakfast together, and talking about your plans for the day. Of course, if you tried to do that after a one-night stand, you’d get kicked right out.
  9. You cry over romance movies. You used to cry happy tears over Disney movies, because you thought the couples were so adorable. Now, you’ll cry actual tears, because you’re worried you’ll never find a love like Jasmine and Aladdin. In the age of Tinder, their sweet little stories seem so unrealistic.
  10. One day, you’ll be happier than ever. Eventually, you’ll actually find a man willing to scatter rose petals over your bed, massage your feet, and serenade you. When you do, you’ll be happy that you kept your standards high and never settled for less than you deserved. Then you can live your happily ever after.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.