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What Being A Straight Woman On Tinder Has Taught Me

You don't have to stay in conversations you don't like.

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This is because I always believed that people should be given a second (or third) chance; that first impressions aren’t everything. This is easier to believe when you watch a LOT of rom-coms.

Even if I knew I didn’t like someone right away, I’d reply to his texts — out of fear of I was judging him too quickly, or that he'd see me as a bitch.

Being drowned by these messages eventually led me to an epiphany: there are so many messages that I simply can't focus on every one. I can ALWAYS just ... stop talking.

This realization carried over to my real life, too — I slowly stopped worrying about staying in conversations that made me feel uncomfortable just because I feared the consequences.

I don't have to keep talking to someone when I don't want to, and I especially don't have to stay in situations that bother me, or make me feel vaguely unsafe.

Being on Tinder has taught me to unsubscribe from unrealistic romantic clichés. A frog doesn't turn into a prince just because you reply to his "u up?" text message, and I don't automatically owe anyone who expresses interest a second chance.

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