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Do Looks Matter?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Today, I’m setting out to answer what is possibly the most difficult question when it comes to dating and relationships: do looks matter when looking for a romantic partner or spouse? This is a question that has been floating around and hotly debated seemingly since the beginning of time. There are some who say that looks shouldn’t matter at all, and there are others who say it’s the most important thing when looking for a partner. So today, I’m going to put my hat into the ring and give my take on this issue and give the best advice I can to my readers.

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Love Cannot be Forced

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So for today’s article, I thought I’d take a stab at something that I personally have been struggling with lately. Also, I feel like this is something that’s important for any up-and-coming gentleman to hear, whether they’re just getting into the dating scene or have been involved in it for ten years, or even more. The most important thing to remember about love and dating is this: it cannot be forced, it has to happen naturally. Let me explain what I mean by that.

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Why the Stigma Around Online Dating?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Once again, I want to sincerely apologize for the lack of articles up here lately, I’ve been swamped other projects for school and the like, and haven’t been able to do much of anything on here. But I’m at a point now where I think I can get back to a schedule of posting just once a week instead of twice. Maybe if I’m able to find another admin, we’ll be able to get back to our twice-a-week posting schedule. With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the rest of the article!

Now, it should come as no surprise that online dating and things like dating apps have started to become more and more prevalent as in today’s society, and with such growing prevalence comes its fair share of critics and naysayers. Even I myself tend to advocate for actually talking to a woman in person and getting a genuine human connection with a woman I’d like to date, since just swiping right on someone I think is attractive and asking if they want to hook up doesn’t seem to accomplish that all. Not to mention there are countless articles and op-eds outright discouraging people from pursuing online dating. But here’s the ugly truth: with the massive expansion of the internet and social media, meeting people online has just become part of everyday life. As a part of the internet’s expansion, that means things like dating sites have become much more sophisticated and there are more options for dating sites now than ever.

When people think of dating dating sites, most people think of sites like eHarmony, Match.com, or ChristianMingle, but the fact of the matter is that there are countless dating sites for many different people with different interests. There are Christian dating sites for those religious folks, “geeky” dating sites for a myriad of different fandoms like Disney, Star Trek, Harry Potter and Dr. Who, and even dating sites for musicians. While I myself was hesitant about online dating, I eventually bit the bullet and decided to make a profile on CatholicMatch, which is exactly what it sounds like, a dating site for single Catholics. And eventually, I met a wonderful woman who I am now in a very happy and fruitful relationship with. The reason sites like these work is because they focus on commonalities between people, which makes it even easier for them connect. If you ask me, it’s not unlike meeting someone at church or a fan event. The circumstances of what people have in common simply led to them finding each other out of a crowd. Dating sites allow you to do essentially the same thing, just in a more digital setting. So if any of you gents feel the call to go online to find the woman of your dreams, then by all means, go ahead! Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t, but you never know until you try. Good luck gents, and happy searching! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

 

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Disneyland Through the Years: The Perfect Date Spot!

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! If you know me personally, then you probably know that I love anything Disney, and by extension, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. I’ve been to Disneyland so much that I practically have the entire layout of the park implanted in my brain. So today, I thought it would be fun to show some pictures of Disneyland over the years, and also explain why it makes for the perfect date location!

Disclaimer: Disneyland can be difficult to drive to if you don’t live in California, southern California in particular. Plus, tickets to Disneyland can be ridiculously expensive, so just keep all of that in mind before making a decision about making the trip out there.

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Aerial view of the park in 1969

Since its opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has practically become an icon of American culture, especially its youth. It was the perfect culmination of Walt Disney’s visions and dreams, with him hoping that it would “be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” And sixty-three years later, I would say his hopes have been realized! The true joy of Disneyland lies in being young at heart. It’s a place where people can reminisce about their childhoods with their favorite Disney characters, or simply just unwind and feel like a child again. While I’m obviously not saying that we should all be man-children, I think it’s still important to let nostalgia take over for a little bit and to let out your inner child run free. It’s a perfect way to unwind and make you a little happier. And that’s what makes it such a great date location.

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Workers constructing the Matterhorn Bobsleds

It should come as no surprise a couple wants to be happy at the end of the day, so why not spend some time at the place that’s been called the “Happiest Place on Earth”? There are so many things you and your lady can do while at the Magic Kingdom! You can get a bite to eat and a show at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, you can see performances of Fantasmic! or World of Color, you can take trip across the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain riverboat, and of course, you can go on the myriad of rides. You can adventure all around the jungle on the Jungle Cruise or Indiana Jones, you can warp through the stars on Star Tours and Space Mountain, or you can take a tour through a Haunted Mansion. And if you’d like a ride that has a bit more of a romantic flair, I would personally suggest the Storybook Land canal.  It’s got such a pleasant and romantic atmosphere, especially at night.

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The first iteration of Space Mountain in 1977

Ultimately what I’m getting at is that Disneyland is the perfect place to unwind and spend time with your special lady. There are so many things you can do, interactive or otherwise, and it allows you both to just let your inner child run free for a little bit. Disneyland was conceived as a place where anyone, young or old, can reminisce about their childhoods, raise hopes about their future, and in general be happy. Of course, nothing is better for a couple than being happy together, and if you’re looking for something to do that you’ll both enjoy, a trip to Disneyland may be the perfect choice! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll leave you with some more photos of Disneyland over the years. I’ll see you next time!

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Mermaids were once a staple of the submarine lagoon
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A Disneyland parade in the 1970s
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C-3PO, Mickey Mouse, and R2-D2 at the premiere of Star Tours in 1987
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Aladdin’s Genie leading a parade in 1993
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The climax of the Fantasmic! show in Disneyland
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California Adventure’s World of Color show
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Can Long-Distance Relationships Work?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, this has become a very popular question in today’s youth and dating world, especially since we’re in the golden age of social media: can a long distance relationship  work? This is a question that even I’ve had to ask myself from time to time, and I’m hoping to answer that question for any of you young gents who may be in this situation.

Now, unsurprisingly, the question of whether or not a long-distance relationship can work is an incredibly difficult question to answer. The reason being because romantic relationships by their nature are very different depending on the people involved. Some people are perfectly fine with long-distance relationships. They think relationships like that are much more romantic, plus it’ll make it all the better when they finally see their significant other in person. A very “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mentality. On the other hand, you have those people who can’t stand a long-distance relationship. They find it incredibly stressful since they have to work twice as hard in order to make the relationship work. They also just can’t stand not being able to actually see the person all the time. Now, while I completely understand both perspectives and  think they both have some valid points, I myself tend to follow the former ideology. I believe that under the right circumstances and between the right people, a long-distance can certainly work. That is, however just my mindset.

Sad as it may be to say, the question about long-distance relationships being able to work may not even have a definite answer. Sorry to any of you coming to this article expecting an answer set in stone, but finding an answer like that to a question like this really isn’t possible. As I said before, romantic relationships by their nature vary greatly depending on the people involved in that relationship. People express love and affection in different ways, and on top of that, people just have their preferences. You and your girlfriend will most likely have very different relationship compared to your best friend and his girlfriend; maybe a long-distance situation works with you and your girlfriend, but not with your best friend and his girl. So while I can’t give a definite answer as to whether or not a long-distance relationship can work, I can at least offer this advice: talk to your significant other about it and just use common sense. After all, the most important part of any relationship is communication. If you and that special someone can come to a reasonable conclusion about your long-distance relationship, whether you end up staying together or not, all the more power to you two.

Sorry if this article seems too vague or not very focused, gents. Like I said, this is an extremely difficult question to answer, and my answer to the question may be different from yours. At the end of the day, the most important things to keep in mind when coming up with your own answer are communication and common sense, those will both go a long way. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!