#2: Reddit Relationships
For an example of what we mean with this, consider A Tale of Two Bills—namely, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher, someone on (or at least speaking to) an extreme, uncompromising Right-Wing Conservative side of American politics, and likewise someone fulfilling the same need with the Liberal Left.
They’re loud, they’re bombastic, they make outrageous claims—and they absolutely refuse to compromise, or nearly ever admit that the other side might have a point now and then.
Does that sound like a good basis for a relationship? Ask yourself, honestly—would you WANT to be married to a Bill O’Reilly or Bill Maher, not in terms of their politics (that’s for you to decide on your own) but simply their overbearing, brow-beating, know-it-all public persona?
The Internet follows this pattern as well, which is where we come back to reddit, relationships and a crucial dating tip—DO NOT make ideological sameness a priority in the early stages of dating. Sure, if a reddit or dating site poster you might like starts spouting off about how much they’re into White Supremacist bands, you probably want to stop before things go any further.
That aside, there are a lot of lovely couples out there who have met via reddit or other websites that have, share and, yes, sometimes even enjoy their vast political or ideological differences. Movies, books, music, the great outdoors and even greater wine tastings—there are LOTS of commonalities that can bind us together.
So, at least for starters at least, steer clear of major, divisive topics, and when they DO come up in a relationship, remember, there is such a thing as compromising, or finding a middle path—and successful couples do it ALL THE TIME.