Episode 121: Why Dating Sucks, And How To Make It Better

August 23, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 121: Why Dating Sucks, And How To Make It Better


Our dating lives are a mess. Nationally representative US surveys conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic found that about two-thirds of single Americans said their dating lives weren’t going well. Today, a majority of them say that the pandemic has only made things worse. So why is modern dating so hard? And how can we make things better? That’s what today’s episode is all about.

My guest is Dr. Tara, an associate professor of relational and sexual communication at California State University Fullerton. She is also a sex and relationship coach and host of podcast Luvbites by Dr. Tara. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Why the rapid transition to online dating has made dating more challenging.
  • How to get “dating clarity” and figure out what it is that you’re really looking for.
  • Tips for creating a successful online dating profile.
  • Low-stress conversations starters for both online and offline connections.
  • How to deal with dating rejection.
  • General tips for better dating outcomes.

Check it out! To learn more about Dr. Tara and listen to her Luvbites show, visit luvbites.co

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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