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Yet even without an official ‘boyfriend’ there are normally several text conversations with potential beaus buzzing away on my phone.
I also tend to have a few guys on a low-level stalk on Facebook, and there’s always that frisson of excitement when an attractive man retweets one of my ‘LOLz-ier’ status updates. I wasn’t the only one of my girlfriends to leave early that night.
Unfortunately, for a generation practically weaned on telecommunication devices, person-to-person communication is not exactly our strong suit – as evidenced by a stand-up argument I recently had with a man I was seeing. well, far longer than I care to admit; yet most of our communication was via text message or drunken conversations at the end of the night.
The I-don’t-know-what-is-going-on phase of a proto-relationship can continue far longer now.
You can become vastly experienced in the heady yet confusing dance of Early Days – I have had years of it, and know all the steps – yet remain an ignoramus about the mysterious state of proper Girlfriend and Boyfriend.
Emma Weighill-Baskerville believes we risk becoming emotionally stunted by our reliance on texting and instant messaging.
‘As a nation we’re learning that it’s better to dismiss uncomfortable feelings and take an avoidant approach.
Occasionally, I’ll see someone once or twice, then decide they’re not for me.