Dating but not online

Be open to meeting new people anywhere and everywhere. Always be dressed and groomed to meet new people even if you’re just running out to get milk.

And often, I’m ashamed to admit, it means being honest that I have faith but being intentionally scant on the details, because I’d rather explain myself in person. I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.The question nagged at me—not least because of my own experiences watching promising relationships peter out over text message—so I set out on a mission.I read dozens of studies about love, how people connect and why they do or don’t stay together.

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