Chronic online dating

According to a report published by the National Health Council, nearly half of Americans have at least one chronic illness, with that number expected to grow in coming years.

If this number sounds high, it’s worth noting that the category of “chronic illness” can include minor cases of asthma or oral herpes or major conditions like Crohn’s.

Online profiles generally allow users to disclose as much or as little as they want.

Similarly, users can often make checklists of must-haves and deal-breakers.

Although, fear not, it is not associated with rheumatoid arthritis or to do with pregnancy. From about am to pm every day for weeks, it has been non-stop and I have come to loathe the sweet, melodic chime on my phone that indicates a new message has arrived.

On the other hand, the process easily lends itself to deceit, allows you to engage in the fantasy that there’s a perfect partner or “soul mate” awaiting you—if you have the patience to sort through a haystack, and can subject you to more rejection in a week than you’ve experienced in a lifetime.

Despite the downside, I believe that online dating is a practical, even necessary relationship vehicle for our fast paced planet.

I wonder if I could possibly be the first victim of a new disorder. It's the whole point and hopefully last, joyful blog entry ever to this "Diary of a Mad, Single Woman." I think the discovery of my new ailment may actually have inspired some pretty radical behavior on my part.

I'm thinking I've developed "Chronic Dating Fatigue." Symptoms of Chronic Dating Fatigue, or CDF, include, but are not limited to, carpal tunnel pain and hyperventilation upon the receipt of text messages, lack of the ability and/or care to respond to messages like "Wat up, baby? " (or in my more specific case, "I want you to buy me a tattoo"), a feeling of angst towards several members of the opposite sex for apparently no reason other than their gender, purchasing a closet full of endless date-worthy clothing options with no actual dates, and a general sense of bitterness, with having had the thought of throwing in the towel or "How bad would life be if I never met anyone? Patients can suffer from symptoms anywhere from one week to the rest of their entire lives, in which case they will die a long, slow, painful, lonely death. I've almost decided that I'm wiping the slate clean.

-a common disorder of the wrist and hand characterized by pain, tingling, and muscular weakness, caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist area and often associated with trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, or edema of pregnancy.

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