Dating is lonely

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Now, at 24, in a new city, I’m neck-deep in dating culture, scrolling and swiping, wondering if any of it will ever feel like it means anything. But the part that wanted him to like me was crushed. I never announce I don’t drink, but I don’t make an effort to cover it up, either. It used to plunge me into social discomfort; a couple times, I ended up drinking more than I wanted to, just to prove a point.

But if the stats are true, if our worldview really is shifting to entertain the idea that young people aren’t doing things the ways we’ve always done them, then I look forward to seeing the not-drinking stigma evaporate faster than shots at a party. The lowly-paid shop worker had even resorted to starving himself so he could afford to meet the incessant demands for funds being made by his online ‘partner’.An inquest was told how Mr Doney, from Grimsby, had visited a website specialising in holidays for people looking for love when he began chatting to someone he believed was a prospective partner in the summer of 2015.Ian Doney, 51, died penniless after fraudsters targeted his lonely heart pleas to get his savings.The lifelong singleton had excitedly changed his Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ after paying for flight tickets for an online date he believed was his girlfriend to fly to the UK.

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