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.

burnt out on online dating
August 10, 2016

Are You a Lazy Dater?

Recently I was chatting with a circle of women I met at a charity event when the conversation inevitably turned to relationships and dating. When the topic of online dating came up, a contest broke out among several women about who could be the most apathetic dater. “I don’t really feel like dealing with it […]

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onlinedatingtips
August 8, 2016

How to Decode Dating Profile Buzzwords: Which Ones Really Matter

“It will never work,” my friend told me after I asked her about a recent match. “He wrote that he likes athletic women.” “But you’re athletic,” I protested. “You’re always hiking and taking spinning classes.” “But I’m not super toned,” she replied. “That’s what athletic means.” I thought “athletic” meant “active” – as in her […]

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SR1219007
July 11, 2016

Do You Seem Too Busy to Date?

Yes, we are all busy, busy. We have jam-packed schedules full of work, travel, family commitments, exercise, social activities, personal development goals, and so many good TV shows. It’s amazing that anyone finds time to date! Well, it turns out we’re not any less time-starved than before – at least compared to 14 years ago […]

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fun date
July 6, 2016

How to Be a Fun Date

Been on a good date lately? If so, I bet you’re likely to describe it as “fun.” We rarely characterize early dates as being “meaningful” or “bonding,” although those words might be better indicators of the potential for a close relationship. That’s because we live in a culture that places a premium on the word […]

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fun dating profile
June 6, 2016

‘What Do You Do For Fun?’ No, Really! What Do You Do?

Have you ever given your dates a blank stare when they asked, “What do you do for fun?” Yes, it sounds like the simplest of questions, but it can be the one of the most stressful to answer. Maybe you think back to what you did last Sunday, and you come up with this list: […]

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relationship needs
May 16, 2016

Need a Relationship? You’re Not Needy. You’re Normal.

If there was ever a piece of bad relationship advice that won’t die, it’s this: Be super careful not to appear too needy to your romantic interests. Otherwise, you’ll turn them off. You’re supposed to show them that you’re independent and perfectly happy making your own coffee on Sunday mornings. Of course, there’s a fine […]

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dating and stayingpositive
May 2, 2016

How to Stay Positive When Your Friends Are Hating on Dating

Your friends can be a great source of inspiration and consolation when you’re looking for love. They’ll laugh with you about a dud date or help you decode a baffling text. (Not sure what to write back? The smiley face emoji always works!) They’ll dust you off when a promising romance fizzles or simply remind […]

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sunday single person
April 15, 2016

Why Sundays Are the Loneliest Day of the Week

It’s a myth that date-less Saturday nights feel the most depressing when you’re unattached. I’ve heard many daters claim those long stretches of Sunday solitude are worse. That’s especially the case if you’re newly single and your former Sunday Fun Days suddenly have big gaping holes in them. Maybe you and your ex used to […]

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starting to online date
April 6, 2016

Can’t Get Started? How to Ease Into Online Dating

A woman I’ll call Amanda had an inbox full of matches who were interested in getting to know her. Every few weeks, an email would bait her with this message: “eHarmony Icebreaker received: Jeff can’t stop smiling.” But Amanda was perfectly content to let him keep on smiling. She wouldn’t even log on to her […]

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online dating and being nice
March 25, 2016

Online Dating: 6 Ways We Can All Be Nicer to Each Other

Most people don’t intend to be jerks when they start online dating. But in a whirlwind of elusive communication, evasive e-mails and dropped texts, we unknowingly might be leaving behind a trail of bruised or miffed feelings – or just unnecessary unpleasantness that doesn’t help a process that’s already hard on the heart. The slights […]

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