Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Posts by Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Sarah Elizabeth Richards is a journalist and the author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Slate and Salon.

onlinedatingstigma
January 22, 2016

Not Sure About Online Dating? Keep it to Yourself!

If you’re new to online dating, you might have wrestled with the decision to join a site before you actually got up the nerve to post a profile. You might have wondered whether it would help you meet quality people. Even if you’re already chatting with matches, you still might be feeling ambivalent about whether […]

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great new years resolutions
December 21, 2015

Hate New Year’s Eve? Find a Better Reason for the Season

It’s not you. It’s the holiday. Many people aren’t a fan of the evening’s overpriced dinners and silver glittery parties. Yet being single on the most scripted of nights brings a special kind of agony. At midnight, when sweethearts start smooching, it can feel as if the DJ just announced, “Hands up if you do […]

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nosy relatives
December 15, 2015

Annoyed by Nosy Relatives? Here’s How to Take Back Your Holiday

What’s worse than random strangers at a holiday party grilling you about your love life? It’s your family inquiring: “Are you dating anyone?” Never mind that these are presumably some of the most important people in your life who genuinely care about you. Even the most secure singles can feel as if they’re attending an […]

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phone etiquette for dates
October 30, 2015

Going Old School: How to Be a Better Phone Date

People love to complain about how we’ve become too attached to our phones. The funny thing is that many of us don’t really like to actually talk on them. Even if we used to love to chat into the wee hours as teenagers, the convenience of texting, Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp has converted many people into […]

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online dates search
October 20, 2015

Are You Trying Too Hard in Dating?

I was recently at a friend’s wedding when I joined the bride’s friends in a discussion about her single days. “She was terrible to go out with,” exclaimed one. “Don’t you remember how she’d drag us all to a bar, do a lap to see if there were any guys worth meeting and then exclaim […]

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looking for love
October 7, 2015

Is Finding Love Hard? If You Say So!

Love is hard to find – and harder to keep! Even if you happen to enjoy amazing chemistry, the timing probably will be wrong. Or she’ll get bored. Or he’ll give in to his commitment phobias, right? It’s amazing anyone manages to couple up at all. No matter how positive you try to stay, it […]

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online dating advice
August 27, 2015

Did a Match Blow Off Your Email? The Truth Behind the Fade

The email exchange had taken place more than a year ago, but my friend was still nursing the wound. “She just dropped me,” he recalled of a conversation with an online dating match. “We were in the middle of this long back and forth, and I never heard back from her. What’s up with that?” […]

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first date tips
August 18, 2015

Too Many Disappointing First Dates? How to Get Back Those Butterflies

How’s this for an unfair investment of time? You can spend weeks getting to know someone over email, text, and phone. You might let yourself get a little excited about meeting him or her in person for the first time. Maybe you’ve checked out his profile in the meantime and admired his Alaskan vacation photos […]

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bad reasons to become exclusive
August 12, 2015

4 Bad Reasons to Become Exclusive

How’s this for romantic? She says: “I really like you and would like to see where this relationship could go. Do you want to be exclusive?” He says: “Why not? I don’t really have time to date anyone else.” Now there’s a way to make a person feel special! There’s so much advice floating around […]

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optimism
July 31, 2015

Stop Expecting to Be Rejected

When you’re dating and putting your heart on the line, you can expect a certain amount of rejection at every level of the process. In most cases, it’s obvious: He doesn’t return an email, or she dodges an end-of-the-evening kiss. But there are cases when it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. We expect to be rejected, and […]

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