Dating site essays
There were many personal essays and first-hand accounts of dating highs and lows from Plainfield students.
The issue doled out common sense advice on meeting your significant other's parents and how to behave after a break-up, but didn't shy away from more controversial topics in defining terms like "friends with benefits" and polyamory.
Even high-strung people often think they’re ‘laid-back.’ Find something more descriptive.” Other common terms to be avoided: “cool,” “awesome,” “funny.” “Nearly everyone ‘loves to laugh’ and ‘enjoys fun.’ None of that sets you apart. “Put yourself into a potential date's shoes on this one. ’ Blech—that conversation is a total wipeout.” A better alternative, she explains, is telling stories.
Instead of saying, ‘I’m witty,’” Robinson suggests, “say, ‘I’m one part Ricky Gervais, one part Jon Stewart, and a soupcon of Fred Flintstone.’ That paints a more vivid picture.” I like surfing, reading, swimming, jogging, and cooking. If you saw a list like this on a cute girl’s profile, how would you possibly respond? “ ‘Last summer, I went surfing at the Jersey Shore nearly every day with my dog Rufus. Buy me a beer, and I’ll tell you more.’ Something like that gives a date plenty to want to talk to you about—plus you sound like an active, interesting person, not just a list of gerunds.” Don’t stretch the truth, even on minor details.
Ryan Gunterman, executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association, said nothing in the 24-page magazine promotes or glamorizes sex.
"This is well done, non-sensationalist material here," Gunterman said.
Allen, the daughter of the Plainfield Schools board president Michael Allen, pointed at one article penned by a ninth-grade boy who described a sleep-over with his girlfriend.
Once it was: “Boy meets Girl,” and, depending on circumstance, “Boy gets (or does not get) Girl.” Now, it’s Boy posts profile. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
NEXT: "Cool" guys finish last [pagebreak] Vague adjectives signal “dull” and appear in far too many profiles, Robinson warns.
“‘I’m a laid-back, easygoing guy…’ Such terms are practically meaningless.
"We don't know what the big deal is, honestly."Mays said students are worried about the school's administration trying to censor its young journalists, but another publication team is already working on the next issue.
"We expect there will be backlash with that, as well," she said.