Josh Thomas' show Please Like Me deals with all the trials and tribulations of living in Melbourne as an awkward twentysomething. In anticipation of its fourth season premiering this week, we invited Josh in to share some of the things he's learned about dating.
1. Just stop with the dick pics.
2. Basically, hot people always win at online dating.
"The best way to get replies on Tinder is to be attractive."
3. Though really, no one wins.
If you're too keen, you'll look crazy, but if you're not keen, then the conversation goes nowhere. "You play it cool, but then everything stalls and no one ever does anything, because you don’t want to look like a lunatic, even if that's just you having a personality."
4. Being official on Facebook really isn't a thing anymore.
5. Always know how to sleuth.
"If you’re talking to someone online, get their Instagram. But instead of looking at the photos they’ve uploaded, look at the photos they’ve been tagged in. You get a more realistic picture of what they look like."
6. Don't bother having conversations on Tinder.
"If you want to meet up with someone from Tinder, you have to get them off Tinder straight away and onto Facebook."
7. Your relationship is exclusive only when you both decide it is.
8. Don't introduce a new partner to your friends all at once.
"You’ve got to be careful not to bring them alone to something where there’s seven of your friends. You have to introduce them one at a time, so they don’t get that horrible experience where they’re alone at a party, clinging to the side of you like a child hiding under its mother’s dress."
9. Don't look through each others' phones!
10. Cool it with the "only looking for a boyfriend" thing.
"You have to start casual. There are people on dating apps who are like in their bio: 'looking for a boyfriend'. Well how do you know before you’ve even met the boy? It’s like going into a situation like Married At First Sight."
11. One night stands can be awkward, but it's OK to avoid that.
"It’s an awful feeling when a one night stand sneaks out before you wake up. But if you want to avoid an awkward conversation, then it’s honestly ideal. If you don’t like them, end it as soon as possible."