Ghosts behind the screen; A rant about online dating in Halifax

Dating is hard. There is no doubt about that. Online dating can be brutal, especially out here. I moved to this city seven months ago from out west and am a single woman. I have been amazed at the lack of etiquette, the rudeness, the boorishness, the plague of ghosting and the lack of decency. Of course this can be common in many places when we can hide behind our screens and create any sort of persona we wish to create. Yet remember, and this is for women who are online dating as well, there is a person on the other side who you are communicating with. Feelings and vulnerabilities can be present. Don't make silly false promises and standing someone up after keenly at first wishing to meet is awful. No matter how beautiful or ugly or thin or large or dull or interesting or short or tall, whatever the excuse is, let the person know if you decide to change your mind. Going to a place and waiting, as I have, in a pub for instance and not even getting a text to say you can't make it(or don't want to) and ignoring the query for the no show is rude and cowardly. I'm not the only one this has happened to. Don't be a ghosting looser. And quit it with the sexual comments. It's tacky. Love is out there and don't wreck for those who wish to seek it. —A.Nowak, the disgruntled singleton

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