By Kristen Buccigrossi

Here is a glimpse into what the dating world is like right now: The past few months I was talking to a nice gentleman. There was semi-regular texting/Snapchatting happening, to the point that feelings developed.

I was asked out on a date by this gentleman, but we decided it was best if we just kept it low key and watched a movie instead of going out. After that, there was a shift in the “relationship” and no follow-up with that originally planned date.

Still talking on the regular, I called him out on it multiple times and he just kept avoiding the question. Finally, I got to the point where I couldn’t take the ambiguity anymore and asked him what was up.

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He fessed up that while he did have feelings for me, he was not ready for a serious relationship, and a date would be leading into that.

Here’s something that they do not teach you in school: Life is not like “The Bachelor.”

Relationships take time to develop. Dating is supposed to be a fun way to have a night out on the town and get to know someone.

Why is it that we live in a society where there is no middle ground; either you are sleeping with someone, with no guarantee of ever dating/marrying/calling them in the morning, or you are in an extremely serious relationship where after two months you are living together, spending your weekends at the Home Depot and picking out the next dog you want to adopt for your new little family.

While most singles hate the awkwardness of dating, it is an absolutely necessary part of life if you do not want to grow up to be a hermit. If you like the hermit life, playing TV game shows by yourself, spending your Friday nights at the grocery store with your binder of coupons and owning a million of cats that you make outfits for, mazel tov to you!

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