Online dating good or bad idea

Don't be afraid to Google stalk — if you want to meet someone, it's your right to actually confirm their existence before hanging out (or even chatting) with them.Want more of Bustle's Sex and Relationships coverage?Though there's nothing wrong with sleeping with someone quickly or having casual sex, STIs can be an awkward, difficult thing to discuss with someone you know well, let alone with someone you just met.If you're not comfortable discussing sexual health issues with someone, it can lead to bad decisions and potential health risks.

Here's a breakdown of how things might typically go in a given three-hour period I spend on a dating app: I learn someone exists, make small talk, ask a few personal get-to-know-you questions, flirt (with varying levels of subtlety), exchange numbers, and ask him out.

It's often talked about in a funny, "haha that's so crazy" way, but the reality is that — and I don't mean to sound dramatic — there are real weirdos and predators out there.

From scams to get your money to people posing as someone else for attention, catfishing does happen, and you should always be on your guard.

The year is 2015, so our collective attachment to our phones is nothing we should be ashamed of at all.

Whether we hate it or embrace it, technology has changed how we do just about everything, including dating.

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