Surprise! Your Facebook Relationship Posts Reflect Insecurity

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

To all the happy couples on Facebook who have polluted my news feed with one-month anniversary celebrations, public love letters, and other cheesy proclamations of your undying obsession with each other, this post is for you.

Actually it's more for the people who can't stand you. But still, I think it's worth a read for all involved parties. Since my threats to unfriend you on social media have done nothing to diminish the amount of emoji hearts and "I love you to the moon and back" memes, I'm hoping that a new study published in the academic journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin will at least persuade you to tone it down.


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10 Guys You'll Meet at First Friday in Phoenix

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

There are many forms of art to experience on First Friday in downtown Phoenix: visual art, performing art, and the less talked about art of seduction.

Some singles may say they're just there for the art, but deep down they're looking for a little bit more. Whether you're in the galleries, on the street, at the bar, or waiting line at the food truck, you're bound to run into a least one of these types of guys on the first Friday of the month.


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Single Is the New Black: More Than Half of American Adults Aren't Married

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

All the single ladies, all the singles ladies...

No, seriously.

For those who feel alone in being alone, we have some numbers that should cheer you up. Bloomberg has reported that more than half of Americans 16 and older are single (50.2 percent to be exact), per August 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What Dating a Spy Taught Me About Long-Distance Relationships

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

I've dated all types of men: butchers, bakers, candlestick makers.

Okay fine, I've technically dated no one in those professions, but I have covered quite a few of the careers in between. Depending on the guy and his job (or sometimes lack thereof) there can be relationship pros and cons.

Dating a musician means heartfelt serenades and horny groupies ready to snag your place. Dating a chef means free food and free added weight gain. Dating an accountant can mean great income and not-so-great conversation.

When I dated a spy, the situation was no different. It had its ups and downs, but toward the end of the relationship the latter greatly outnumbered the former.


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5 Pieces of Dating Advice for My Younger Self

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

I have made quite a few mistakes in dating.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still making them. But at least they're not the same ones. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me six or more times, shame on me. Looking back on my early 20s is like watching a terrible romantic comedy but with more crying, worse sex scenes, and no happily ever after ending. If I could go back and tell my young lazy/doe-eyed self a few pieces of advice, these would be them.


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The 25 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

Lights. Camera. And, if you're lucky, action.

It goes without saying that the rom-com reigns supreme among girls' nights out, dinner-and-a-movie dates, and lonely Netflixing singles. While we've seen our fair share of heartbreakingly bad love stories on screen, we've also witnessed a good amount that give us hope in happily ever after.

Heat up the popcorn and dim the lights, because we're about to revel in the 25 best romantic comedies of all time.


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40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

Dating doesn't have to be confined to expensive menus and awkward conversation. After all, first dates aren't necessarily about being formal. They're about making (and getting) a good first impression. From the indoors to the outdoors, uptown to downtown, here are 40 ways to make your move.


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Peoria Named One of the Best Places for Newlyweds -- Wait, What?

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

Remember when Phoenix made NerdWallet's list of best places to meet singles? Yeah, we all had a good laugh about that one.

Comical as it was, that study was nowhere near as ridiculous as a recent one produced by Mylife.com. Last month, the lifestyle blog released a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for newlyweds, and contrary to everything that is good and right with the world, it ranked Peoria, Arizona, as its number-10 town.

Peoria.


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Should I Try Online Dating? A Guide for the Curious

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

Online dating has come a long way.

With so many virtual matchmaking venues out there now, including Tinder, OkCupid, Match, and Plenty of Fish, singles who subscribe to Internet courtship are no longer confined to the stereotypes of being socially inept or a serial killer.

With a busy schedule of adulthood responsibilities and the fear of giving a complete stranger the cold approach, online dating offers some serious appeal. But is it for everyone? Let's discuss.


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3 Things to Never Talk About on a First Date

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

First dates are rough. A single meal or a meet-up over coffee can make or break your chances of changing your relationship status on Facebook. If a first date goes great, you could be telling your future children about it 15 years form now. And if it crashes and burns, you could be reading about it on this blog

Since one is the loneliest number, here are three pieces of advice that may save you from your single status. Think of them as the trifecta of taboo topics.


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