Tinder has launched a new 'social' feature exclusively in Australia, which allows users to organise group dates with different circles of friends. Think of it as a way for friends who all use Tinder to meet up and hang out with other groups of Tinder users. Or, as some people on social media are suggesting, a means for Tinder to promote something rather less savoury. According to the hugely popular dating app, a night with a big group of people 'takes an average night out with your friends to the next level'. Social scene: Today (Wednesday) Tinder launched a new 'social' feature exclusively in Australia, which allows users to organise group dates with different circles of friendsLucky few: While the feature is as yet only available in Australia, it is due to be rolled out globally imminently'Too often, your nights with friends consist of not knowing what to do, and figuring out where other interesting people you want to meet are going, ' Tinder writes on its latest blog p ost. 'But what if you can see who's going out and where they're going, before you and your friends decide where to go?
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What if you could break the ice and get introduced to them before you arrive? 'So try our new product, get off your phone, meet more people and be more Social. The venture hopes to bring different groups of people together, and allows users to make clear what they plan to do during an evening, in the hope that they can meet and mix with other, like-minded cliques on a night out. Whether you're up for finding a new romantic interest, or just on the hunt for an extended social circle, you've got to admit that there's something appealing (read: hilarious) in bringing your mates along on a Tinder date, terrible or otherwise. Worldwide moves: While the feature is as yet reserved for a lucky few in Australia, it is due to be rolled out globally imminently Update your clique: The venture hopes to bring different groups of people together, and allows users to make clear what they plan to do during an evening, in the hope that they can meet and mix with like-minded cliques Medically, I am right on the cusp of being overweight. I struggle with people’s perceptions that my size is the result of lethargy or unhealthy behavior. My friend knows all this. Still, he often tells me about rejecting men who are interested in him because they are “cute in the face, but fat. ” He may not realize how his statements affect me, and his past encouragement has meant a lot. But I’ve worked so hard to feel decent about myself, and his comments really sting. What should I do? Here’s a two-prong attack. Only you can decide whether to deploy one or both (or neither). Stopping your friend’s hurtful comments should not be hard. Say: “Mark, your support has meant the world to me. But when you tell me that people are too fat to date, it really gets me down. Can you stop that, please? ” Fat shaming, be gone. But let’s be candid. This route only silences him from voicing thoughts he will continue to think. (Is that enough for you? ) To truly change his heart, you will have to engage him more deeply. “Are you really saying that some extra weight makes a person inherently unworthy of a date with you? That’s a pretty shallow view.
”Many people in your friend’s position will claim mere personal preference. A pal took me on a tour of a dating app recently where many profiles included the language: “No blacks or Asians. Sorry, just my preference. ” (No, I’m sorry. Your “preference” is racist and nasty, and you should examine it — along with your shriveled heart. )Now, this subject may be too charged for you to broach with this guy. I respect that, too. And if you actually get through to him, you will be doing him — and your self-esteem — a big favor. I have been dating this guy I met at yoga for a few weeks now. The first and third dates were awesome: full of sexy energy and great conversation. But the second and fourth dates were awful: blah and so dull. Should I break up with him? Have you been standing on your head too long? Of course you shouldn’t break up with him — or anyone else who is “awesome” 55 percent of the time. So far, you’ve had an uneven dating experience. That’s all. (Like the second season of “, ” in which hanging around with Aziz Ansari is delightful, until he starts relying too heavily on an Italian goddess-girlfriend plot — which isn’t so great. )Consider what the amazing dates had in common: lower expectations, maybe? Quieter venues? Less midweek exhaustion? Or maybe it’s easier to find commonalities among the bad dates and avoid those. Just keep going. And when three dates in a row are duds, you have my permission to dump your half-awesome guy. The lifestyle newsletter from the Styles, Travel and Food sections, offering the latest trends to news you can use.
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A month ago, I invited three colleagues (with their spouses) to dinner at my house. I used group-text to invite them. Two replied immediately that they would love to come, but had to check the date with their spouses. The third never replied. The two who were checking never got back to me. The date is this weekend. My husband thinks they are all rude and I should cancel. I feel insulted. I was looking forward to dinner, but didn’t write them again. I didn’t think it was my responsibility. Any ideas? Undoubtedly, you and your husband are correct: Your colleagues have behaved rudely, and writing again was not your responsibility. But look where standing on ceremony has left you: feeling insulted and disappointed. Next time, consider following up with a phone call (or another text, if you are wedded to the passive, digital approach). Exceeding your responsibility may make you happier in the end. Worth it! As for your current predicament, send a closing text: “Sorry the date didn’t work. ” People are strange. The last thing you want is for them to show up unexpectedly at your door. An old friend suffered a terrible tragedy. Some mutual friends who had lost touch with her asked me for her address to connect with her. A few others asked me to pass along their condolences for them. I said I would, but I had no intention of doing so. How could I have refused without putting them on the defensive? Go with the truth.
Say: “I think it would mean more to Mary hearing from you directly. May I send you her contact information? ” It can be scary to wade into the tragedies of others — as if we’re butting in. (I promise: We’re not! ) And the smallest gestures of kindness mean so much to people who are grieving. Com or SocialQ on Facebook. Continue following our fashion and lifestyle coverage on Facebook ( and ), Twitter (, and ) and. We re interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think. Contrary to what many fancy programs would have you believe, weight loss really isn’t rocket science. And if that scale needle has crept up up up, barring a medical condition, you know how it got there: Too many burgers and fries and not enough and flyes. Ready to turn it around? Here’s the no-nonsense skinny on getting that way. It’s not enough to say, “I want to lose weight. Need a nudge? “You can gain an inch of penis length for every 65 pounds you lose, ” says, Ph. D. , MS, RD. OK, not really, but as the gut shrinks, the prominence of the member grows. Seriously, though: You need to find your own “come to Jesus” moment for weight-loss motivation, whether it’s some scary health test results, a frustration with huffing and puffing at the top of every flight of stairs, or a vanity-driven desire to get back to your college weight. Whatever it is, it needs to be for you. In most cases, your primary goal will be related to the scale. But be realistic: Know that a one- to two-pound loss per week is what experts consider healthy and sustainable.
“Be specific, ” Brock says. “Not just, ‘I want to lose weight, ’ or ‘I want to lose 85 pounds, ’ but ‘I want to lose 85 pounds in the next six months. ”, MD, an internal medicine physician who himself dropped 675 pounds, suggests this calendar-based strategy: Select a date by which you would like to have a measurable loss. 75 (a conservative per-week loss). Then do it again, until you’ve reached your final target. That’s right—Banish that four-letter word from your weight-loss vocabulary. “Diets don’t work, ” Pickert says. “They have an end. ” Diets are also synonymous with deprivation, which generally isn’t sustainable. Cutting out foods or entire food groups that you love, and that you’ve loved your whole life, isn’t realistic for most people. Still, 85 percent of losing weight is controlling what you eat. So you’ll need to develop an “eating strategy” that can work for you for the long haul, says Pickert. Brock concurs: “If you want permanent weight-loss, you must make permanent lifestyle changes. ”One pound of fat equals 8,555 calories. So to lose one pound of fat per week, you need to cut 555 calories per day from what you eat. That’s a rough estimate of the calories your body needs to maintain status quo. Your new aim: To subtract 555 calories from that number, by making eating and exercise changes. No, this doesn’t necessarily mean overhauling your entire refrigerator overnight. And it doesn’t mean putting foods on the no-never list, either (remember: deprivation doesn’t work). It means figuring out what swaps and compromises you can make without feeling totally compromised. Then start small. How about cutting that back to every other day? Or you have to have your french fries. Fine, but maybe sub them once per week with a baked potato.
One of the biggest issues is misinformation. Pickert uses as his example. Ask most people, “is it good for you? ” They’ll say yes.