I'm 21 years old and have never had a girlfriend. The whole dating world is both confusing and scary to me. I just don't know how to get started, to be honest. I have absolutely no 'romantic' experience, which I'm now finding is quite common among INTPs, so it's nice to know I'm not exactly alone. I don't really know the "stages" of dating or anything like that. Maybe I'm just over rationalizing everything.
I live in a rural area, and it takes 30+ minutes to get into "town," so I rarely leave the house unless I have something to accomplish or an activity already planned. Because of that, I decided to give online dating a try. I try to strike up a conversation but usually I don't get a response back, or they quit replying, so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or what. I am always courteous and tactful.
The usual "Dating advice" columns with their "alpha-male" advice is asinine drivel sold to typical jerks looking to get some action instead of a relationship. So, I'd like to hear some of your good advice on dating, relationships, and all that good stuff.