Men who give up dating

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He'll screw when a proper mate comes along, and in the meantime, he finds himself much happier on his own.

"I just felt a lot better and started making a lot more money and became massively more productive when I stopped dating, using dating apps, and thinking about dating," he says.

Frankly, being bisexual and being a woman isn’t easy, so back when I was in my mid-20s, I gave up on dating women entirely and just decided to admire them from afar.

Here’s why: I felt a lot of pressure to pick a side.

Like most young gay men, 24-year-old Paul Barry used Tinder, Grindr, and the bevy of other apps guys use to meet each other.

A few months ago, though, he decided to quit dating.

Particularly because, as increasing numbers of social observers are noticing, an entire generation of young people—mostly men—are being left behind in the wreckage of this social engineering project.

Social commentators, journalists, academics, scientists and young men themselves have all spotted the trend: among men of about 15 to 30 years old, ever-increasing numbers are checking out of society altogether, giving up on women, sex and relationships and retreating into pornography, sexual fetishes, chemical addictions, video games and, in some cases, boorish lad culture, all of which insulate them from a hostile, debilitating social environment created, some argue, by the modern feminist movement. Cruelly derided as man-children and crybabies for objecting to absurdly unfair conditions in college, bars, clubs and beyond, men are damned if they do and damned if they don’t: ridiculed as basement-dwellers for avoiding aggressive, demanding women with unrealistic expectations, or called rapists and misogynists merely for expressing sexual interest.

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I’m about halfway out of the closet; my friends know, my husband knows, but I’ve never told anyone in my family.

Barry joins other millennials who have foregone romance, bucking the stereotype that today's young people are sex-crazed monsters who stumble around in public, swiping left and right on sordid apps like Tinder.

Although the has turned the topic of millennials' sex lives into an entire genre of journalism, more and more millennials are choosing to be single in the digital era and finding happiness in the process.

[Read: Falling in love fast and why you need to slow down] #3 You might be too picky. Maybe you should forget about giving up on love and reevaluate your standards for love. While some people may end up marrying their elementary school crush, you could be forced to wait until your 30s before really finding the person you’re meant to spend your life with.

You could just be too picky and may need to be more open-minded about different types of people. [Read: When does age difference in relationships matter? You might think that you know what you want, but if you keep going for the same type of people and end up heartbroken or unsatisfied with each one, you could be dating the wrong type. You might be a huge pain in the butt, but you’re not unlovable, even if you try to be. I know it’s easy to think this if you’re not finding love, but it’s just not true.

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