9 Ways Online Dating Is Different At 18, 25 And 30
Is it weird if you recycle your LinkedIn profile pic?
What apps and sites you're on:
At 25: Tinder and OkCupid.
At 30: Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, Happn, Bumble, Match, eHarmony...
At 18: you with your friends, holding a big red cup.
At 25: you on some kind of ~adventure~, maybe in nature or another country.
At 30: is it weird if you recycle your LinkedIn profile pic? Yes? OK, let's go with a classy shot from the last wedding you went to.
At 18: to see if your crush is single — and if you'll match.
At 25: you can meet people at parties and bars, but it’s always nice to have more options.
At 30: literally all your friends are coupled up. And so are all of their friends.
You're mortified to see:
Random blast from the past:
At 18: the person you "went out with" for a week in middle school, now sans braces.
At 25: your first serious someone, and it kind of kills you.
At 30: someone you made out with once 10 years ago and haven't thought about since.
What triggers a night of binge-swiping from your couch:
At 18: you're tired of everyone in your school/town.
At 25: your best single friend just got into a relationship.
At 30: you saw on Facebook that another one of your exes got married, and you're definitely going to die alone.
How often you swipe right:
At 18: whenever you think someone's hot.
At 25: whenever you think someone's hot and they're not posing with a drugged-up tiger.
At 30: only when you can actually imagine meeting them in person.
At 18: you don't — you're mostly here to rack up matches, then awkwardly ignore them if you run into each other IRL.
At 25: when you're out with your friends on a Saturday night and your match is at a bar down the street.
At 30: you set aside free nights in your calendar to meet people. It's like networking: gotta put yourself out there.
Your "how we met" cover story:
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