Lately I have been REALLY wanting a relationship. I just feel like there is something missing, like a boyfriend. I do have an online dating account but I have it currently "hidden" should I "unhide" it? Anyone ever feel this kind of lonely? What are some tricks to get over being lonely and wanting a relationship?
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Online dating through a site dedicated to that pursuit is not necessarily an easier or less frustrating path than the alternatives so much as it is a different venue with some different "rules" that will be worth it to some people and not to others. You may find that you have to make a bigger effort than you normally would to engage guys who generally interest you, while (virtually) shoving the creeps off your lap.
It would be hypocritical of me to say not to go for it -- and obviously there are enough successful examples (including people here at GAG) for dedicated online dating communities to continue to thrive -- but In general I personally think its more worth it for most people, especially people who are still young, to expand their social circle by making new friends and casual acquaintances of both sexes in their daily lives. The larger the circle, the more likely a good match for you is somewhere in it if you are then willing to put in the work to pursue it.
As general advice, learn to become comfortable with the idea not every interaction with the opposite sex has to be the prelude to something more. It's okay to interact with men as *people* and not just as potential boyfriends/husbands/hookups/soulmates.1