Artful online dating

There has been more than one study that blames the spike in STI rates on dating apps. All you need to do is commit yourself to having open, honest conversations with each new sex partner before putting your health or theirs at risk.

I've met some great people, as well as some serious jerks.

Sure, it's a convenient way to meet people you might normally not, but it's also a huge time-suck, especially if you use sites like Ok Cupid and Match, where you have to make and maintain a lengthy profile.

I can't even quantify how many hours per week I spend on Ok Cupid, answering match questions, browsing profiles, and messaging an array of men.

Compared to the relatively snail-like pace of meeting someone IRL, getting to know them, becoming friends, and then maybe going on a date, the way things work online is crazy-fast.

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.

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