Monday, December 17, 2007

Call me old fashioned.. Hell, just call me.

I've noticed a disturbing new trend on the dating front. More disturbing is that it doesn't seem to phase other people. I think I'm part of a weird generation that started dating right around the beginning of the cell phone era. It's been really interesting to see how it's playing out in the whole dating scheme of things. In addition to the normal awkward struggles, "who pays", "who calls first", now we have to deal with the dreaded text message (if I could insert dramatic music here, I would.) For example. Italian stallion only picked up the phone once and that was to tell me that he was at my house. He asked for a second via INSTANT MESSENGER. omg. Sidehugs texted to cancel a date with me, AND texted to reschedule. Which we did aaaall via TM. The latest of the men (my nickname for him is too inappropriate for your innocent eyes) well let's just say his "courting" of me (his own words) consisted of a follow up text to our first date 2 days later saying "Drunk texting. Yup I'm doing it." I think this guy got scared away after the third time we went out, last Thurs. I mentioned that it would be nice if he picked up the phone to actually call me, you know after we made out and everything. To which he replied " I don't know that I'm ready for a girlfriend." WHAT??? I just wanted to know that he was capable of conversation aside from the 70% boob jokes I was getting. Haven't heard from him since. Since when does a phone call upgrade a relationship status. Crap, I talked to a bill collector today, who told me I gotta get crackin on my bill, does that mean I have to hop on myspace and change my status to "swinger?" Oh and also when he texted he would leave out vowels. Lame. Vowels have feelings too, you heartless bastard. I'm glad you have no problem discarding them, as you've discarded the fact that you are 28 years old.

Anyway, I know what you're saying. "Colleen, they're just not that into you." And I'm perfectly willing to admit that may very well be the case. I think what really sticks in my craw is that some girls I talked to consider this text messaging as a sole means of communicating perfectly acceptable! Is it too much to ask for a strained awkward phone conversation? Or a good ol' fashioned drunk dial? You know what, screw it. If we're taking all of the communication out of dating, I'm going to build a robot that will go on my dates for me. Or I'll at least participate via webcam. That way I won't have to wear pants. And that's really at the heart of the issue. I hate pants.

10 comments:

Edger said...

guilty. i have texted to cancel and reschedule with guys. i even tried to let someone know i wouldn't be seeing him anymore because i was moving across the country, by email. terrible, i know. he called me on it and we ended up having a great last 'date'. but if as a girl I don't want to have the awkward phone call, i can only imagine why guys find it easier. some of us can handle, the hey it's just not going to work out call. but others don't, and make guys never want to be honest again. and sometimes, it's just efficient. i like the 'hey had a great time last night' text because it gets the point across and avoids the rest of the whole awkward, just wanted to say thanks and let you know i'm interested but oh god what do we talk about now conversation. i like to save that for the actual date.

Save the NHL said...

first, relationship status has been bought out by verizon and rolled into your cell phone plan. check your bill. it's all in there.

also, you might be careful about suggesting that you're willing to go on a web cam without pants. i'm pretty sure people make a lucrative business out of doing just that.

yeooo said...

I see men of all ages are caught up in this bullshit. I just had to deal with a 21 year old running up my non-text message friendly phone bill. I'm sorry that Mr. 28 is not any better. For shaaaaaame. People, girls included, need to grow up and grow a set.

Aimee said...

My strategy is to never respond to text messages. I can't anyway; I am terribly slow at figuring out all the letters and numbers and punctuation and can't stand to not spell everything out. Like, I would feel like an idiot or a tween sending "CU l8r" and so have to type out the whole thing by which point, it's already later and it would've been much faster to just call.

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