Real-world lessons from Clare and Tayshia’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ – Washington Post

Real-world lessons from Clare and Tayshia’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ – Washington Post

We saw two women take two completely different approaches. Clare acted fast, sensing a connection with Dale Moss, her eventual fiance, and barely exploring the possibility of falling for any of the others. Meanwhile, Tayshia came in visibly more open to all of the men, which made for remarkably better television.

Both women seemed to get what they came for: They’re both engaged and genuinely appear to be happy. Their different methods of getting there resemble how real daters might approach their own love lives. Some people see potential in multiple prospects, while others home in on a match that seems perfect without exploring the possibility with anyone else. Their different strategies also represent how much dating has changed from March till now.

Dating apps and swipe culture have encouraged the first approach: the Tayshia, you could call it. Be open to getting to know several prospects before committing to one. This works well on a show like “The Bachelorette,” which thrives on the drama of indecision and competition. The Tayshia approach was also rampant in a pre-pandemic world, where singles really could date as many people as their schedules, wallets and immune systems would allow. However, even without a Chris Harrison in your life to announce “This is the final rose tonight,” the keeping-it-casual approach can last only so long. Eventually it becomes time to
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