A week ago I was caught completely off-guard when a 15 month relationship came to a screeching halt. A long list of heartbreakingly corny lines that, I assume, were supposed to make me feel better about myself. After I realized that he had given up and wanted out I let him walk out the door with my dignity intact. I found myself doubting everything that had happened throughout the relationship — every word, touch, smile and look. I felt completely useless and redundant.
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Online dating profiles are anonymous. You make up a screen name. But you do post pictures of your pretty little face. I of course didn't think about this until my ex boyfriend from senior year of high school messaged me on OkCupid.
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Swipe Right is our advice column that tackles the tricky world of online dating. We started seeing each other initially as friends — we have a lot of shared interests — and then one day he jumped on me and the relationship became increasingly physical. So far, so good — until we were both looking at something on his laptop, and a dating website came up as one of his most visited sites. I asked him about this, and told him that while I had no wish to pry into his personal life, the question for me was whether he was looking to keep his options open for now, it being early days.
While it's important to acknowledge your feelings, try your best not to dwell. You may be a little overwhelmed at first, but consider this your guide to coping with your ex dating someone else. It isn't easy, but it is possible.