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5 Inevitable Online Dating Mishaps

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5. You will see someone you know and know that they've seen you, too.

It's going to happen, so just accept it and brace yourself. You're going to be flipping through potential love matches when you're going to stop on someone not because they are Adonis attractive or their description just speaks to you, but because you know them. In real life, outside the digital dating world. You are going to feel panic. It's okay. Cool your jets there. Yes, said person now knows that you are using all the tools at your disposal to find love, but you now know that they are doing the same thing. You've been found out, but so have they. Take solace in the fact that you are not alone and give said comrade a high five for putting themselves and their heart out there next time you see them. Who knows? Maybe it could turn into something more.

4. You will run into someone you've talked to online out in the real world.

For this, we cannot offer advice with such a potentially uplifting end. If you are browsing over the kumquats and other seasonal citrus in Trader Joe's, glance up, see someone familiar over by the artichokes but just can't seem to place them, be careful. As soon as you sign up for Tinder, OkCupid, eHarmony, or any other digital dating platform, you run the risk of seeing someone out and about whom you have only met online before. Maybe you actually like this person and this is just the serendipitous opportunity you needed to make a real connection. But more likely, you've exchanged a few days' worth of awkward small talk and ultimately let the conversation fizzle out. But now they're here. Escape. Duck, cover, and get out of there. If you're brave, quickly finish your shopping and get out. If you're more like us, drop your basket or ditch your cart right there and run as fast as you can.

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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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