When you do meet someone, give it some time
“Perfection doesn’t exist,” Avgitidis says, which is an important point for New Yorkers to note in a world of constant swipe-lefts and waiting-for-something-betters. “I’m a big fan of online dating because I met my husband online. But I think the biggest problem with it is twofold: it’s the case of a bigger, better deal. People expect ego gratification and there are advantages to stepping away from that and giving people a shot. If your goal is a long-term relationship or marriage, don’t jump too quickly. Let’s really get to know someone. I think we’re in the era where unless it’s a perfect date, people move on. Ten, 15, 20 years ago, if a relative said they were going to set you up, you got excited and gave it a shot. Now, with online dating, people assume that if it’s not perfect, they’re on to the next one. A slow burn is what sustains.”
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Meagan Drillinger is a contributing writer for Thrillist. Her pickup line is, “Wanna make out?” It works about half the time. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @drillinjourneys.