There are tons of others too including Zoosk, OK Cupid, Scout, and lets not forget the infamous Tinder. From what I hear, there are several issues coming up in the online dating sphere, and I’m just thinking about how we can alleviate them? Online dating actually accelerate the process significantly.
On one end, you might spend less time in dingy stinky dive bars hoping the next drink will make her/him attractive. Once you go onto an online dating site, you might have your profile protected from public view but let’s FACE IT; Your pretty face is being solicited in public for everyone to see. At the very least it says, “I’m single and looking for action.” I know if any of my friends saw my face on one of these sites, I’d hear my coworkers saying, “so Lief, I saw you on Tinder the other day. ” San Francisco is not a big town and if you are looking for other singles in a tight proximity, there is a high chance you can find someone you already know. 64% of people said they were driven by common interests (Source: Statisticbrain). They use 400 questions on the e Harmony survey so I’m sure they can link up commonality in some form or another with a ton of unqualified potential partners. This is your real life and if you don’t have a good story, you are probably doing it wrong.
In theory, it certainly cuts off a lot of the old school courtship practice, but not without compromise. A little grayscale and free transform and you can make any fat face blotchy skinned slob look classic, fit and refined. Suppose you’re a nice guy/girl that’s a hair less than stunningly beautiful. The other problem I see with online dating is that every person in inundated with selection, and naturally, everyone wants to sync up with the most attractive person they can. I submitted all my data to this website and the the algorithm hooked us up. Tinder has some potential for adventure, but that app is like taking the 1-10 rating scale and just going binary.
You can screen prospects to some extent, but the savvy online dater is no stranger to photoshop. Sure, there are stories beyond the first encounter, but that first encounter is pretty unromantic.
I try to make the best of the few moments that I just decided it will be with the other person, then I say good-bye and good luck.
I think there is room to create more interesting ways to bring potential partners together.
I waited a few minutes, and then much to my absolute amazement walked out of the ladies room, and then over to me an sat down at the same table with me a woman who must have been no younger than ninety years old!! It's because we are still perceived by each other as strangers, so it's easy to just get up and go without any particular concerns for the other.
I know there is a point in time in any relationship, whether one from an internet introduction, or mutual friends, or what-not, when we decide that we can really trust each other and are no longer thought of as strangers.
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