Ship’s “Dating From Home” Badge Is Quarantine-Approved During The Coronavirus Outbreak

DFH is the new DTF, y’all. Ever since the coronavirus outbreak caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend social distancing, dating apps have become more popular than ever. Betches’ dating app Ship reports tens of thousands of new downloads, as well as a 45% increase in group chat messages and 20% increase in right swipes. And in an effort to encourage those users to date virtually, Ship’s “dating from home” badge allows you to see whether potential matches are open to arrange remote dates. Once you opt in, a #DFH badge appears on your profile, so everyone will see that you’re down to date from home. (DTDFH — can we make that a thing?)

If you haven’t given Ship a try yet, then there’s no better time to download. The app, which has been around for just over a year, allows users to swipe alongside their besties and discuss profiles and matches in a group chat. It’s the first friend-powered dating app, and now, it’s the first dating app to create an opt-in pledge for social distancing. Never again will you have to explain to a match why you’d rather not hook up in the midst of a global pandemic.

Ship

Elite Daily spoke to Ship cofounder Jordana Abraham, and she gave us the scoop on why Ship decided to introduce the new #DFH badge. “We realized there are a lot of users that still want to continue dating, and keep up with usual routines like chatting with friends and socializing,” she explains. “At Ship, we’re all about navigating dating together, and we wanted to ensure users could continue to do so — but also realized our responsibility to ensure safety is top of mind for our users as we all get used to this new way of living.” Three cheers for putting the social back in social distancing!

Abraham also explained how they hope this new feature will help users feel comfortable with the idea of at-home dating during the coronavirus outbreak. “We’re in a position to help change dating behavior and normalize virtual dating, so that’s why we’re asking our users to pledge to date from home,” she says. “And what better way than a visual indicator that a potential match is taking things seriously?”

Ship gets that a virtual first date may not be your ideal scenario, so they’ve also released a library of over 100 Zoom backgrounds for users to choose from. From a romantic dinner in Paris to front row seats at a concert, you can select from backgrounds that will virtually place you just about anywhere (because, if you’re hunkered down at your parents’ house, you probably don’t want your date to see the Backstreet Boys posters hanging above your bed). My personal fave: the “Too Lazy To Clean” backgrounds, which feature Pinterest-worthy rooms that don’t require any tidying up.

I, for one, am definitely shipping this new Ship update, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re pushing to make #DFH the new norm for the time being.

 

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50 Relationship Questions to Test Your Compatibility

Are you and your lover thinking along the same lines? Here are 50 relationship questions that can help both of you understand each other better.

A relationship is all about compatibility.

Opposites attract all the time, but too many opposites and no similarities won’t really help a relationship succeed.

When you have small differences, it makes them cute.

But when you have differences in your approach to life or your ethics about relationships, it’s definitely not good for the romance.

One of you could compromise, but that’s not really an option for the long term, is it?

Relationship questions to test your compatibility

Are you in a relationship with someone for around a year or so?

Then these questions will definitely help both of you test your compatibilities and understand each other better.

It’ll help you with all the right questions to get off on a perfect new relationship start.

Do you find yourself getting angry with your partner for no reason at all? Perhaps, there are some overlooked issues that you need to face together.

50 relationship questions to create better love

Sit down with your partner on a lazy Sunday afternoon, ask each other these questions and have an open mind. To make it easier for your partner so they don’t assume any of these are trick questions, you answer first so they know your views too.

Don’t let any questions annoy you and don’t ever clam up or go on the defensive. Remember, the answers to these questions should be truthful and help both of you understand each other better.

And by the time you’re done with the questions, you’d know more about each other and would also understand each other’s approach to life too.

#1 What is the ideal number of calls a couple should exchange in a day?

#2 Would you compromise your happiness for the success of the relationship?

#3 What’s your idea of a romantic vacation?

#4 What’s the single most important thing for a relationship to be successful?

#5 What would you define as cheating?

#6 If I cheated on you, would you ever forgive me?

#7 Would you ever say sorry to me even if it’s not your fault?

#8 Are you friends with any of your exes?

#9 How should finances be planned between a couple?

#10 Do you think celebrating Valentine’s Day is corny?

#11 What was your first impression about me?

#12 Can you avoid flirting if someone attractive flirts with you when I’m not around?

#13 Do you think romantic gifts have to be memorable or do they have to be useful?

#14 How would you want to spend a special day with each other?

#15 What is the most special memory of us that you hold?

#16 If I told you to jump off a tall cliff and tell you that you’ll land safely because there’s a net you can’t see yet, would you blindly trust me and jump?

#17 Do you have to know all of my friends?

#18 Do you think past relationship secrets should always be kept hidden?

#19 Do you think confessions make a relationship stronger?

#20 Is it fine for a partner to use the toilet with the door open?

#21 After a break up, would you ask for your gifts back/would you give back all the gifts?

#22 Which love song best describes our relationship?

#23 Describe your perfect man/woman that you would like to date.

#24 In a relationship, what would make you feel happier, sharing or sacrificing?

#25 Would you lie to make me happy and where would you draw the line?

#26 What are some annoying habits of other couples that irritate you the most?

#27 Who would you prefer as a partner, a good looking person or an extremely clever person?

#28 How do you vent out your frustrations in a relationship?

#29 When was the last time I came in your dreams?

#30 If we went to a store to buy a couch and both of us liked different couches, would you still go with my pick?

#31 Is sex about constantly pushing the boundaries or playing by the rules?

#32 How often would you want to go out on a date with me in a month?

#33 What is your biggest sexual turn off?

#34 What do you find sexiest about a person of the opposite sex?

#35 What’s your wildest sexual fantasy that you’d want to try with me?

#36 Would you feel insecure if I spent a lot of time at work?

#37 How many sexual partners have you had in the past?

#38 If you were convinced that I was making a bad decision, what would you do about it?

#39 Do you like babies/how many kids would you like to have someday?

#40 When was the last time you disliked me?

#41 If someone attractive exchanges glances with you at work, would you tell me about it?

#42 What’s the craziest thing you’d be willing to do for me?

#43 What kind of a parent do you think you’d be?

#44 When do you think a person is ready for marriage?

#45 What’s the one thing about me you’d like to change?

#46 In an argument, whose side would you take, me or your mother?

#47 Would you relocate for love?

#48 Would you be open to disclosing all your health issues to me all the time?

#49 If you’re having a bad day, would you want me to leave you alone or spend time with you and cheer you up?

#50 What’s more important, sexual chemistry or spending time together?

These 50 relationship questions may seem tricky to your partner at first, but as long as you answer first and help your partner open up, both of you would be able to learn from each other’s answers and develop a better relationship over time.

 

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Woman, 23, reveals she’s made thousands from dating sugar daddies who she sees as ‘mentors’ to guide her through life – but makes them sign a ‘no sex contract’

Anastasia Robertson from Greater Manchester, has ticked off her bucket list
The 23-year-old became a sugar baby through the website Seeking Arrangement
She has dated sugar daddies in exchange for expensive gifts and holidays 
She also earns a modest £16,000 a year from her day job as a care worker

A woman who proudly dates sugar daddies in exchange for lavish gifts and holidays worth thousands of pounds, has revealed their generosity has enabled her to tick off her bucket list.

Anastasia Robertson, 23, from Salford, Greater Manchester, who is a sugar baby, dating older men for gifts and or money, started stepping out with sugar daddies she met through the website Seeking Arrangement two years ago.

She asks all dates to sign an agreement saying their relationship is purely platonic, and her suitors have, so far, ranged in age from their 30s to their 50s, although she says she would see men in their 70s.

The care worker who is completely open about being a sugar baby, has enjoyed everything from paragliding to staying in exquisite hotels. And despite earning a modest £16,000 a year from her day job, she gets far more from her dates than just treats and money.

Anastasia Robertson (pictured in Spain), 23, of Winton, Salford, Greater Manchester, turned to Seeking Arrangment to become a sugar baby two years ago

Anastasia Robertson (pictured in Spain), 23, of Winton, Salford, Greater Manchester, turned to Seeking Arrangements to become a sugar baby two years ago

The care worker (pictured) who bought a four-bedroom house in 2016, has ticked off her entire bucket list

The financially savvy singleton, who bought a four-bedroom house in 2016, explained that some of the men she dates are like mentors to her.

She said: ‘I find older men have more insight on life, I learn a lot from them, and they give me good advice.

‘Some of the men I date I see more like teachers who can guide me through situations in life.

‘All the men I meet are high-powered or have had really good careers, so I would definitely ask them to help career-wise later down the line too.

‘And I’ve had some amazing experiences and been able to tick things off my bucket list, thanks to them. I’ve been flown out to Spain on an all-inclusive holiday and I went on a yacht trip and paragliding.

‘A sugar daddy once paid for me to spend the night at Hotel Gotham – which is a really posh hotel in Manchester that I’ve always wanted to stay at, and another paid for me to get a dragon tattoo on my back.

‘I’ve had around £3,000 worth of presents as well. I’ve got a beautiful necklace, a leather rucksack, leather shoes and a bracelet too.’

Anastasia (pictured on holiday in Spain) said some of the men she dates are like teachers, guiding her through various situations in life

Anastasia (pictured on holiday in Spain) said some of the men she dates are like teachers, guiding her through various situations in life.

 

The 23-year-old (pictured) counts an all-inclusive holiday, yacht trip, paragliding and gifts worth around £3,000 among the lavish exchanges she's received from sugar daddies

The 23-year-old (pictured) counts an all-inclusive holiday, yacht trip, paragliding and gifts worth around £3,000 among the lavish exchanges she’s received from sugar daddies.

 

Anastasia has also been given a necklace (pictured), a leather rucksack, leather shoes and a bracelet from wealthy older men

Anastasia has also been given a necklace (pictured), a leather rucksack, leather shoes and a bracelet from wealthy older men.

A self-professed ‘thrill seeker,’ Anastasia also sees her dates with sugar daddies as adventures.

She said: ‘Sugar daddies aren’t just walking, talking ATM machines – they’re still people.

‘For me, being a sugar baby is a hobby and going on dates breaks up my mundane weekly routine.

‘It’s just a fancy more exotic way of dating – and it’s nice to go on dates with men that will take you to fancy restaurants in exchange for your time

‘The oldest man I’ve dated was in his 50s, but I’m more than happy to go on dates with men in their 70s, too.

‘Even if they are old enough to be my granddad, it’s purely platonic and it’s a good experience with stimulating conversation. I find younger guys can be emotionally unavailable and financially unstable.

‘And even if I don’t have a connection with a sugar daddy, at least I’ve had a new experience and met someone new.’

Anastasia (pictured on holiday in Spain) met a previous boyfriend on Seeking Arrangement, who offered to fly her to Spain while he was there working

Anastasia (pictured on holiday in Spain) met a previous boyfriend on Seeking Arrangement, who offered to fly her to Spain while he was there working

Speaking about the satisfaction that comes with sugar dating, she continued: ‘At the end of the day it’s mutually beneficial.

‘The sugar daddy is usually earning more money than he knows what to do with and would rather play the field than demand commitment – and I feel the same.’

Anastasia who has had arrangements with eight men, with professions ranging from a doctor, an engineer and a CEO so far, even met a previous boyfriend on Seeking Arrangement.

She said: ‘My ex-boyfriend was in his thirties, so he was quite young to be a sugar daddy.

‘We started chatting online and we just hit it off immediately.

‘He told me he was working as a musician in Spain and offered to pay to fly me out there.’

Throwing caution to the wind, she agreed, and a romantic relationship soon blossomed.

‘I know it sounds quite dangerous to fly to a foreign country to meet a stranger, but sometimes you just have to take the plunge,’ she said.

‘I went out to Spain as a sugar baby and we had a pre-agreed arrangement in place.

Anastasia (pictured in Spain) admits she doesn't think there's anything wrong with sugar babies sleeping with sugar daddies, however she's not happy to do it

Anastasia (pictured in Spain) admits she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with sugar babies sleeping with sugar daddies, however she’s not happy to do it.

 

Anastasia went to restaurants every day with her sugar daddy who became her boyfriend, however their spark fizzled out after they became intimate

Anastasia went to restaurants every day with her sugar daddy who became her boyfriend, however their spark fizzled out after they became intimate.

‘But I really started to fancy him, and he did me, so we decided to make our relationship official.

‘I don’t think there is anything wrong with a sugar baby sleeping with her sugar daddy, but personally, I don’t want to demoralize myself like that and I’m not happy to do it.

‘Because we made it official, we did sleep together, and I put a stop to all my other sugar daddy arrangements.’

Despite their financial arrangement ending when their romance began, Anastasia’s sugar daddy-turned boyfriend still treated her to the finer things in life.

She said: ‘He bought me a beautiful necklace and paid for me to have a dragon tattooed on my back and we went out to restaurants every day.

‘He just really enjoyed spoiling me.’

However, three months after they became intimate, their love fizzled out and they parted earlier this year.

The 23-year-old (pictured paragliding in Spain) revealed she's still open to meeting someone through SeekingArrangement, although her previous relationship didn't work out

The 23-year-old (pictured paragliding in Spain) revealed she’s still open to meeting someone through Seeking Arrangement, although her previous relationship didn’t work out.

 

Anastasia (pictured in Spain) who also goes on dates using Tinder, said no one has liked her any less because she's a sugar baby

Anastasia (pictured in Spain) who also goes on dates using Tinder, said no one has liked her any less because she’s a sugar baby.

‘Looking back we weren’t compatible, and we didn’t know each other well enough,’ she said.

She continued: ‘When the holiday was over and we were back in the UK, he didn’t want to tell anyone how we really met – and that was a bit of an issue for me, as I believe in honesty.

‘I suppose it was more of a holiday romance – we both just got caught up in the moment.’

Despite her love not lasting, Anastasia is still open to meeting someone through Seeking Arrangement if the right man comes along.

She added: ‘Right now I still go on dates with men I’ve met on Tinder or through friends, too.

‘I always tell them I’m a sugar baby and none of them have liked me any less because of it.

‘And if I met a sugar daddy who I have a genuine connection with I’d give it a go.’

Anastasia (pictured) has been warned to steer clear of salt daddies, men who make promises that are always too good to be true

Anastasia (pictured) has been warned to steer clear of salt daddies, men who make promises that are always too good to be true.

Anastasia admits not all sugar daddies are sweetness and light, she’s been warned to steer clear of ‘salt daddies’.

She said: ‘A ‘salt daddy’ is obviously the opposite to a sugar daddy. Salt daddies promise you the world and what they’re saying always sounds too good to be true.

‘Sometimes they are fake people and sometimes they are just men that love to play the field and make promises to loads of girls at the same time.

‘They love getting girls’ hopes up and then letting them down.

‘The trouble is they can get away with it because on these websites there’s just too much choice,’ she said.

Anastasia keeps her wits about her by being open with friends and families about her side-line as a sugar baby.

‘I’m really close to my mum and dad, so I told them,’ she revealed.

Anastasia (pictured in Spain) believes her parents aren't any more worried about her going out as a sugar baby than when she goes on dates with conventional men

Anastasia (pictured in Spain) believes her parents aren’t any more worried about her going out as a sugar baby than when she goes on dates with conventional men.

She continued: ‘It’s nothing to be ashamed of and my mum and dad fully support me, as long as I’m happy and keep to my morals.

‘My parents trust me to make the right decision, and I don’t think they’re any more worried about me going out as a sugar baby than they are going out on dates with a conventional guy.

‘I think it’s important to live in the moment and mix life up a little bit. I like excitement in my life, and I don’t like being stuck in a routine.

‘I enjoy being a sugar baby for the experience. I have fun dates and get to meet new people.

‘I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.’

 

 

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Eileen – Chapter 13 – & Pizza

I knew in that moment that I still had the power over everybody I ever met. But I had to be careful how I wield that sword.

Are you sill hungry?

&pizza

Do you want that Eileen?

I do.

Can we do half pepperoni?

Eileen and I tan all of the people, sweep, and mop, and do all of the things we have to do to make it perfect for the next shift like always.

I’m sure Thomas (boyfriend back in Missouri) is furious, but I take Eileen to &Pizza.

I love being with Eileen.

We order a sweet pie that is done in 2 minutes. I pay of course and I’m happy to take care of Eileen. I just figure pizza is a good reward for incredible work at the salon,

We lock up and walk over to & Pizza. It’s raining little bit and I open my umbrella to protect her hair, which as she told me, gets so frizzy in rainy weather.

Eileen’s hair is long, luxurious, and absolutely gorgeous. It is like ribbons of coal that tumble about her shoulders like nothing else.

I know those are words of amour, but trust me, I’m just describing here. She’s 18. My daughter Lorelei is 21, I’m a Dad. I’m simply describing my co-worker’s lovely mane.

If you’ve been reading this blog I know what you’re all thinking.

We get to the place and go and order. Eileen doesn’t like her roommates. Apparently they are a bunch of “petty bitches” as she describes.

I get it. Teenage girls living together in close quarters is a dicey situation. Eileen likes to stay out and delay her time at the dorm. So this is welcomed by my employee.

We order and within minutes our product arrives out of the oven fresh and delish.

We grab a table and put our stuff down.

I like being out with Eileen. We work well together and get killed every night by the crowds of people desperately trying to tan for whatever the hell they have going on. It’s a luxury choice and and a needed service for others.

Some for skin disorders, but for the most part this time of year it’s just so they look tan in the sunny summer and don’t burn.

Eileen is such a good actress. She feels all of the frustration we all feel working here, but she always remains cheery and cordial. I love that. That’s a good work ethic I respect and enjoy.

We both know we’re slammed and the air conditioning is busted at the worst time possible, and the guy didn’t show up for the 2nd time, but we make it work.

We do that every night with out fail. We delight everyone and get them tan with a smile.

I feel the pressure of sometimes working on my own before she gets there before school because of her schedule, but when I hear her voice enter the salon I feel nothing but joy, knowing my help has arrived to save me from being run over for three hours straight.

 

The delicious pie arrives in  few minutes because that’s what they do at & pizza.

https://andpizza.com/

That’s where we were in Philly!

It’s a chain, but I don’t know how they pay their their $35k a month rent, but I digress!

Eileen is happy and that’s all I care about. If baby’s hungry after a monster shift, I’m happy to feed her.

I’m a huge believer in rewarding your best people, and even though Achilles should be doing this, I do it.

It’s just the right thing to do for your best people. I have the best staff I’ve ever had this year. I wish Achilles knew this, but it’s lost on him and that just makes me think more about Mac Mart, but again… I digress.

They have all of these weird fountain drinks and Eileen wants to try a few of them before she commits.

I paid for the pie and the drinks but she grabbed a little cup before, and now I have a big cup and she has a small one.

Eileen is determined to get a big cup and just grabs one after her first Mango whatever.

“Well you paid for it, so I’m getting a bigger cup.”

I love sitting with her and having our little fun dinner together.

I know her boyfriend is seething back in St Louis. I understand teenage insecurity, but what I’m doing is just employee reward shit. Amelia and Eileen are the best employees we’ve ever had. I’ve been a manager of people my entire corporate life. If you take care of your best, they work harder for you and feel valued.

I know Achilles has been fucked over by so many employees over the years and he’s jaded, but I’m not. He’s always guarded around employees. But now he has me as the buffer. The manager that never got to become the co-owner and grow the company.

This was his moment. We could have opened a gym or another tanning salon, but it never happened. But I’ll still treat my employees like they’re valued because I know how hard the job is every night, and they keep coming in on time and doing everything that’s needed. It’s simply what work is. I wish Achilles realized this but we’ll see.

The pizza is amazing and Eileen seems to be enjoying her slices and her drink of choice.

I get napkins and forks and knives because that’s what dads do. I decide to get a third place setting and tell Eileen we should honor Amelia, because she can’t be here but we wish she were.

Eileen loves this idea and takes a picture and loads it into our group text.

Eileen writes: “Amelia, u r missing out, we set a place setting in honor for you.”

Amelia: “I’m not dead.”

Eileen and I lost our shit over that. Amelia’s amazing and we miss her so much.

This has never happened at the salon. There’s never been this kind of connection between the staff and Achilles is completely outside of it. Which is fine, because he doesn’t need this. That’s what he has me for.

For now.

Eileen steals up to the counter and gets a bigger cup and fills it with her Mango delish.

We devour the pizza and I’m just happy to spend some time with my coworker where we aren’t be being overrun with clients.

It’s a moment of repose with a woman I’m grateful is in my life and and decided to call me for a job. I was desperate for staff and Eileen appeared. I didn’t think I’d get the best of the best.

Charming, smart, beautiful, professional. Based on our history at the salon, we don’t deserve Eileen. But we got her and I’m so grateful.

I feel the same way about Amelia. She’s magic.

I am so exhilarated to be out of the rat race. I get to work and be busy, and live a simple life with people I adore.

Finally.

Eileen goes to the tap and fills her 16 oz cup again for the long ride back to Drexel.

I’m exhausted, and just happy we got to hang out, chat, and have some fun food with a great girl.

We pack up and go our separate ways.

As always, I tell Eileen to be safe going home.

Thomas has nothing to worry about. If anything, he should know his beloved is being looked after by Lorelie’s dad, who would never let anything happen to someone he cares so much for.

Eileen and Amelia have been the best of the best at the salon. I’m so proud of them both. I’m sure I have told them both, but we’re truly in a renaissance at the salon.

When things are this good I think the owner may take it for granted. This surprises me a bit, but I’ll look after the staff as best I can for as long as I can.

 

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