Perils of dating online

Tinder and its GPS-based sister apps have taken the dating world by storm.

While some have dubbed them as “hook-up” apps, there’s at least some anecdotal evidence that these digital tools are leading to marriages and meaningful relationships.

By limiting ones self, you’re not truly exploring the world and I think that that is quite a sad thing to do – just because you’re not instantly attracted to them does not mean you ever will be, and by limiting yourself you really do not know what you could be missing out on.

That’s the problem with online dating, you’re given a small confined space to ‘sell’ yourself on, and quite frankly to encompass ones personality on a page means you’re inevitably selling yourself short. Ed Stephen is a cis-gendered gay male who spends far too much time with his two cats and eating tim tams.

Dating Online can be a cruel world and I think that when you’re ‘anonymously’ on the other side of a screen, it makes it worse. We live in an age of ‘keyboard warriors’, people who will post some of the most vile comments for what they think is a worthy cause or worse, just because they’re on the other side of a screen and think they’ll get away with it.

Everywhere you look, from restaurant reviews, to dating apps, to facebook messages to even gaming community boards – there are vitriolic, hateful and sexist comments.

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On one hand, you can’t particularly blame them, it’s an ‘insta-sex app’ and they’re essentially listing their ‘preferences’.

Or you might get the odd dick pictures here or there but that is just one of the Perils of Dating Online.

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A self-identified sex-positive advocate he cares deeply about gender equality, disabilities, sexual education and social issues.

Opinionated and bold he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and say what others won’t.

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