Dating in 2016... whatever that means

I once read that dating apps were the most downloaded apps in the U.S., in some random time frame. I don't remember where I read that and I'm not sure how credible the statement is, but I'd bet money that it's true. I've met quite a few people that have trouble communicating outside of digital platforms.

I mean really have troubles. Like texting them is cool. We can text all night and all day about what's going on in the world. Snapchat is even better! They're really responsive and offer a lot of feedback on ya snaps and videos. IG notifications and DM's are popping and then y'all meet up in person... and it's as if y'all don't even know each other. You can't really relate to anything mentally stimulating enough to last beyond a five-word exchange. This is the struggle of the digitally obsessed millennial generation.

Technology has heightened our ability to digitally connect with people. I have over 4,000 "friends" on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. I know I haven't had personal interactions with every single one of these people, but somehow they each play a significant role in my social life and I'm very thankful for them! I too, thoroughly enjoy heart eye emojis on my selfies, snaps back to my funny stories, and a real authentic good morning text. I just admire and prefer mentally stimulating conversation and a real connective energy.

I crave mentally stimulating conversation.

I want to talk about life.

I want to share best practices on overcoming the struggles of 2016.

I want to listen to your self-reflection.

I want to read your oldest notes on your iPhone.

I want to identify your nervous laugh from your awkward moment laugh from your heartfelt genuine laugh.

I want something real and I believe I can find it.

So in this crazy city of Los Angeles, California, I might creep on Tinder every once in a while. I may step out on the weekends with a little more makeup than on a Tuesday afternoon. I may even befriend a Lyft driver or two. Personality really matters and to attain genuine friendships you need to project genuine friendliness to the universe.

The most important thought I have on "Dating" is that in the meantime of Mr. Perfect making his way to find me, I'm working on myself every step of the way. I'm acknowledging my personal growth. I'm celebrating my physical health progression. I'm documenting my goals and my desires, and my progress on those things. I am becoming a better me and no one can make me better than I can. I believe this energy that I am projecting will attract the right energy that I need to have in my life at this stage.

So far I have no complaints, only lessons learned.

Tweet me, FB message me or text me if you have any advice to share about millennial dating life in 2016. I'd love to hear your thoughts!


PersonalTyeal Howell