Dating can be stressful. First-date jitters are no joke, especially when you're meeting someone in real life for the first time after meeting on a dating app or from a set-up from your friends. But for all the stress that goes into dating, it also has its perks, with everything from new-relationship euphoria if it works out, to possibly making a new friend if it doesn't, to just having a fun night out and getting out of your normal routine. No matter what happens, you're not alone in your journey to finding the one—or the one-nighter.
To prove you're in good company, here are six bookmark-worthy dating blogs and forums that shine a light on the good, bad, and the ugly sides of modern dating.
Reddit is your go-to for skincare, and it's going to be your go-to for dating, as well. The dating subreddit is a good place to find the answers to all of your dating- and relationship-related quandaries—even the embarrassing ones. And with more than 75,000 members, there's no shortage of peer-to-peer discussions to weigh in on here. In the (nearly impossible) event that you read every user-submitted post, you can hop over to r/relationships (2.4 million members), r/relationship_advice (1.5 million members), or any of the other related subreddits.
Not only does The OkCupid Blog tackle the topic of modern dating through its posts, but it also frequently turns to its own users to substantiate its arguments. Key words from user profiles are analyzed and tallied to pinpoint trends and discrepancies in everything from politics and slang to pop culture and, of course, dating. The fun infographics are a bonus.
Dating coach Evan Marc Katz strives to supply women with an authentic male perspective on dating, and his eponymous blog follows suit. The posts address the barriers that stand between the male-female connection, with unbiased advice as to when to persist in a relationship—and when to call it quits.
DatingAdvice.com is where you can go for—you guessed it—advice on all things dating. Expert advice is provided for relationships of all orientations and ages, while a lively forum provides a venue for the site's 68,000-plus readers to connect.
By chronicling her (mis)adventures in online dating, the 30-something woman behind this blog finds humor where few would expect it (OKCupid trolls included). She supplements her posts with regular podcasts, and isn't a stranger to Twitter.