5 rules for dating a journalist

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Driven by social media Social media has drastically changed everything about dating.

Social networking sites play many roles — connectors of mutual friends, precursors to blind dates, playgrounds for pre-date flirting and re-connectors of exes and long-lost lovers.

Us journalists know we’re not going to make as much money in the long run as our doctor or engineering friends.

However, we’re passionate about what we do; our work would suffer if we weren’t.

"15 reasons to date a reporter (none of them are true)," tweeted Alejandro Lazo of "honesty and transparency." When a politician's spokesperson emails you with a statement from his boss, you shouldn't think "oh, great, another honest and straightforward piece of information for my story." Journalists should be skeptical and suspicious, which doesn't exactly help a relationship."Reporters are usually self-employed and have flexible schedules."If your journalist boyfriend is "self-employed," he is a freelancer who doesn't have a steady income.

If he has a "flexible schedule" he's unemployed and/or independently wealthy.

Someone very sexy once told me, "Journalism is a sexy profession." Indeed, it is.

And according to Psychology Today, the average IQ of a journalist is in the 137 to 160 range.

That translates into the top 1 percent to .01 percent, which is on the same intelligence level as lawyers, engineers, and computer science professors.

We interview good looking people, we drink expensive champagne, we get to stay "two nights and three days" in luxurious island resorts and we get it all for free. While it's bursting off its seams with sexiness, there's also a very dangerous side to journalism that very few are aware of.

Well, apart from all the sleepless nights from unforgiving deadlines that make them crazy delirious, there's another alarming factor.

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