Sarah Elizabeth Richards

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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.

How Much Should You Google Your Date?

It’s an important stage in any budding romance. You know that moment — when you learn just enough about your date to look up him or her online. Perhaps you heard her last name in a voicemail greeting or when he checked in with a restaurant hostess. Or you discovered that you have a mutual […]

Should You Encourage Friends to Try Online Dating?

The conversation usually goes something like this: Friend: “I’m sick of being single. I gotta make dating more of a priority.” Me: “Why aren’t you trying online dating?” Friend: “I know, I know. Will you help me with my profile?” Me: “Sure. Send me a draft next week.” A couple months later, it starts again. “I […]

Find Your Love Heroes: What You Can Learn From Other Couples

Whenever I encounter happy-looking couples, I like to ask them how they met. Like most people, I enjoy a good love story. I like watching their eyes light up as they recount the chase, the connection, the challenges and maybe even a breakup before they arrived to their destination of content coupledom. The conversations are […]

How to Win with First-Date Conversations: What’s Your Headline?

We all know the rules of first-date conversations. You’re not supposed to talk about sex, exes or politics. As a friend once told me, “You’re one dumb outburst away from never seeing this person again.” Sounds easy, right? Some people say first dates might even be fun. Not so fast. You have bigger responsibilities than […]

‘But I Could Be So Much Better!’: How to Date When You’re Self-Improving

If you’re new to online dating, you might ask when is a good time to put up an online profile and declare to the world that you’re single and fabulous and worth getting to know. This is especially the case if you’re not sure you’re at your most fabulous. Shouldn’t you wait until you lose […]

Why It’s Absolutely Okay to Say: ‘I Hate Being Single’

If you’re unattached and looking for love, there’s one piece of advice circulating around the blog-o-sphere that’s particularly annoying: You should love being single. It’s not enough to be okay being single while you try to meet people. No, you should love it. Here are some of the best reasons why: You get to go […]

Giving up the Ghosts: How to Handle the Match Who Comes Back

You can call them “ghosts,” “re-surfacers” or “sniffers.” But the scenario is usually the same. You receive an email or text from an old romantic interest saying “Hey, what’s up?” or “Long time no hear.” (The latter is particularly annoying, if the person cut things off with you and is insinuating that any lack of communication […]

Red Flag Alert: The Difference Between Self-Protection and Paranoia

Whenever I ask a friend about a new love interest, I usually hear something along the lines of “He or she is great.” Then I wait for the inevitable “But …” The rest can range from the worrisome “He’s cheated on his past five exes” or “She’s going back to rehab next week for an […]

How to Stay Hopeful, Even When it’s Really, Really Hard

We all know dating can be disappointing. Yet there’s a big difference between feeling bummed about a great first date who never contacts you again and taking that short mental taxi ride to hopelessness territory. One reaction passes within a few hours, and the other can last days, generating overwhelming feelings and defeating thoughts that […]

Ladies, Don’t Take the ‘How Do You Like Online Dating?’ Bait!

The question seems innocent enough. “How do you like online dating?” your date asks. But beware! It’s a sneaky conversational trap that will wreck a good date before you’ve even had a chance to compare high school prom stories. There is only one correct answer. “My online dating experience has been great,” you will say […]

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