Buzz·Posted on Sep 22, 201419 Reasons Why Dating In Middle School Was So Much BetterWhen "IM me tonight" was your best move.by Sheridan Watson, Diamond Coleman, Omar VillegasFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. You never needed a dating app — you had plenty of resources at your disposal. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF im-here-and-im-queer.tumblr.com OkCupid? Tinder? Grinder? Please, you had first period, second period ... 2. Developing really strong feelings — perhaps too strong — was completely normal. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF MTV / Via collegecandy.com!gallery-245540-245542-1 Nowadays, devoting a section of your Trapper Keeper to your crush would be considered "stalking." Back then? Good planning: You NEEDED to know how you would sign your name after the wedding. 3. You could discover someone's undying love in the smallest of gestures. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF MTV / Via justinbieberthinks.tumblr.com He waved at me? We're engaged. 4. You could walk in one day and have a bunch of admirers. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF huffingtonpost.tumblr.com That switch to AXE body spray was a really, really good choice, Mike. 5. Dating was so much easier when friends did all the hard work for you. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Cartoon Network / Via blogs.babycenter.com Thank god Allie O. told you that Carrie J. told her that she overheard Luke telling Jake M. that Johnny P. thought your new braces were cute. 6. All you had to do was wait until you got a text on one of these: ecuavisa.com 7. Or these: parade.condenast.com 8. Dating rules were made perfectly clear. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF retrocious.wordpress.com "If they IM me within five minutes of signing on, then it's true love." 9. And showing your true colors was never easier. fusion.net I know it's his favorite song so maybe he'll see the lyrics and realize that we're s0uLM@tezzz? 10. You could actually speak on the PHONE. With VOICES. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF TLC / Via thegloss.com Where you proceeded to talk about both nothing — and absolutely everything — for two hours. MOM GET OFF THE PHONE I DON'T WANT DINNER. 11. And at the end of the conversation, they'd ask if you want to be official. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Columbia Pictures / Via nopurposeandnodrive.tumblr.com No "let's see where this goes." They asked you a question, you answered, and BOOM you were in a relationship. 12. Everyone knew how awkward human interaction was, so you just ... avoided it. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX / Via reddit.com Your love is too deep for eye contact, plus I don't want you to see my new palate expanders. 13. No one ever had to pay for or plan dates. View this photo on Instagram School dances, Chrissy's Halloween party, Bar Mitzvahs — the $ocializing was taken care of. 14. Plus, transportation was free. View this photo on Instagram No licenses, parking, or cabs — travel in style in a big yellow bus. Greg's mom also volunteered to pick everyone up from ESPN Zone. 15. All you had to do was grind with someone to cement your undying love. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF mediavida.com Back when everyone was allowed to have bad dance moves. 16. And even if you couldn't find anyone at school, you could always make someone up and no one would know. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF The CW / Via only-gossip-girl.tumblr.com A fake MySpace profile here, a fake AIM username there... and presto! A relationship. 17. Or you could just meet a soulmate in one of these. retrocious.wordpress.com My boyfriend Chris lives in Iowa and he likes Fall Out Boy and PacSun. We AIM every day after school until we fall asleep at our keyboards. 18. And even though you were sad after you guys broke up... Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF WB / Via forums.thebump.com Nine hours and 27 seconds is your new relationship record, congratulations! 19. ... you got over it because it took you about five seconds to fall in love with someone else. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Disney / Via ineedthisforreactions.tumblr.com Wow, Katie L. has a new LIVESTRONG bracelet and she is looking good.