Whenever I feel lonely I turn to my favorite online social hub - the good old Facebook, where I check what my friends and family are up to and if there are any cool gigs for the weekend. But one night, about six months ago, I poured my heart and soul into the most sincere Facebook love status I had ever written, a status that caught the attention of a girl I was flirting with at the time.
So next thing you know, she's writing to tell me how touched she was, how she'd never seen a more romantic Facebook gesture and how she'd love to get together and hang out with me sometime. To her, this was the bravest thing a guy like me could do - single and vulnerable, looking to date longterm and baring his soul for the whole world to see. Sure, I felt flattered at the time and invited her over that same weekend.
But little did I know that most girls love live Facebook outpourings while they detest emotional candor in person. When I met with her she couldn't care less about how I felt that day and didn't really bother to lend an ear and listen to what I had to say. She wanted to flirt, have fun and just enjoy herself. I went for it since there were no other options for me that night, but it left me thinking if this whole Facebook thing wasn't doing me a disservice. It changed the game for me, sure, but it wasn't what I expected it would be. We went out a few more times, had some fun together but abandoned the whole ''dating longterm'' idea as frivolous and unnecessary. I still feel bittersweet about that short lived relationship, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.