The Innovation of Loneliness & Why I Hate Online Dating

This afternoon I watched this video about how our social media consumption has fueled our feelings of loneliness; essentially, if we don't know how to be alone, we will only know loneliness. Check it out - it'll be four minutes well spent. 

One concept presented here was "editing yourself." Part of the reason I'm so turned off by online dating is how you aren't really meeting the authentic version of people on sites like OkCupid and Match. You're essentially meeting their best photos, their idealized self. Call me old-fashioned, but I'd much prefer to meet someone organically, to truly grasp who they are as person, prior to going on a date with them. I don't have enough time in the day to agonize over how long I should wait to reply to someone, or how my words might be misinterpreted -- and honestly, I'm not looking for someone who cares about stuff like that either. 

Tables. Coffee cups. Eye contact. Damn good conversation. All you need.