The perils of the penpal

Instagram is a dating app. Or so they say. For the single lady, this means a waiting game of “has he viewed my story yet?” and a deep analysis of every heart eyes or fire emoji reaction. But the good old DM is where things get really murky.

For women, someone sliding into your DMs is usually taken as a sign of interest. For a lot of men though, it’s just a bit of banter or – worst of all – an ego boost. Messaging can be pretty addictive and even the anticipation of each notification can give you the illusion of something deeper going on than there really is. Also, if you’re a single woman actively looking to meet someone online, you probably want to give every guy who messages you a chance. Enter the modern day penpal.

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