Whether you're male, female, transgender, gay, or straight, today's scroll-through, swipe-left culture is daunting. With every profile expendable, connecting in a meaningful way can seem overwhelming and unrealistic. What happened to the good old days when chivalry wasn't dead, people went steady, and dates lasted longer than a cup of coffee?
"I don't know if I am ever going to get married at this rate," my friend Marc wrote to me in a recent text. He added a disappointed-face emoji for effect. It's a familiar sentiment: two girlfriends shared similar concerns three days prior at brunch, when one described a scenario in which she was "ghosted" by the guy she'd been dating for five months.