What It's Really Like Dating As A Millennial

What It's Really Like Dating As A Millennial

"We met on Tinder."
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I was that girl who had the strict parents. You know the ones. Curfew by 10 p.m. and interrogating your friends. I wasn’t allowed to date until I was eighteen and out of the house. Now that didn’t mean I couldn’t window shop or talk to guys who I thought were cute. If only I’d known what dating would be like once I was older.

Being a 90s baby puts you in the category of “The Millennials”- young adults in the post millennium era growing up during the rise of social media in simpler terms. Our main form of communication is through phones, direct messages, and social media. Let’s look at the facts.

Guys care about what they see online to match on the first date. People do “Netflix and Chill” rather than going on an actual date. Then there’s the “talking stage” where you’re getting to know each other but you aren’t official. But then people get the wrong impression when a new person pops up on your Instagram feed after two months of seeing somebody else.

Then you’re official. Well according to the change of relationship status. Most people find their current boyfriends or girlfriends on Tinder. Then there’s surviving the relationship. Long distance, jealousy, and emotional roller coaster.

What happened to those meet cute moments where you bump into a guy in line getting coffee or walking your dog. What happened to actual dates where you had a conversation over dinner like Applebee’s? Getting a girl a couple of flowers just because you wanted to. Being real with people. It’s not like we’re looking for a proposal. We just want to be courted in some sort of way.

Dating in 2017 is a whole lot different than what it was 20 years ago.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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