The Perils of “Just Friends”: A Guide to Online Dating for Women

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Ladies, gather around, because we need to talk about a phenomenon that’s as baffling as it is amusing: the dreaded “friendship” profile on dating apps. Picture this: you’re swiping away, hoping to find your Prince Charming or at least someone who won’t ghost you after three messages, and then you stumble upon a profile that proudly proclaims, “Just here for friends!” Well, buckle up, because you’re in for a wild ride.

Let’s set the scene: you’ve crafted the perfect bio, uploaded some stunning pics, and you’re ready to conquer the dating world. But wait, what’s this? You’ve decided to throw a curveball by declaring that you’re only seeking friendship? Oh honey, you might as well have slapped a “Swipe Left” sign on your forehead.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting friends. Friends are great! They’re there for you through thick and thin, they laugh at your jokes (even the bad ones), and they’ll binge-watch Netflix with you until the early hours of the morning. But here’s the thing: dating apps aren’t exactly the friendliest places to find friends. Shocking, I know.

You see, men on dating apps have a mission, a quest if you will, and it usually involves more than just swapping stories over a cup of coffee. They’re not scouring through profiles hoping to find a new BFF to go antiquing with on weekends. No, they’re in it for something a little more, shall we say, intimate.

So, when you proudly declare that you’re only looking for friends, you might as well be waving a red flag that screams, “I’m not here for the same reason as everyone else!” And guess what? That’s not exactly a turn-on. In fact, it’s more likely to earn you a one-way ticket to Swipe Left City.

But fear not, dear friends (actual friends, not dating app friends), because I come bearing advice. If you’re serious about finding a connection on a dating app, it’s time to do a little profile spring cleaning. That means scrubbing away any mention of friendship and replacing it with something a little more enticing.

Instead of “Just here for friends,” try something like, “Seeking someone to explore the city with,” or “Looking for a partner in crime for spontaneous adventures.” See the difference? Suddenly, you’re not just looking for someone to grab coffee with; you’re looking for a bonafide adventure buddy.

And remember, there’s no shame in wanting more than just a casual fling. Whether you’re in it for the long haul or just testing the waters, own it. Confidence is key, my friends, and nothing screams confidence like a profile that says, “I know what I want, and I’m not afraid to go after it.”

So, to all the ladies out there navigating the treacherous waters of online dating, I salute you. May your swipes be plentiful, your matches be memorable, and your friendships be found… elsewhere. Because let’s face it, when it comes to dating apps, friendship is about as rare as a unicorn sighting.