I’m a 54-year-old father of three young children, separated and ready to date-I guess. Conventional wisdom would dictate that I meet someone the old fashion way, organically, you know like accidently smashing your grocery cart into a women’s cart at Loblaws. “Oh I’m sorry -nice melon’s!”
But it’s a brave new world and social media in the form of online dating is all the rage. According to datingadvice.com 49 million people have tried online dating. There are more than 7,500 dating sites online. One-fifth of committed relationships begin on line. So, I’ll try it.
First, I start by picking a dating site. There are so many. Some cater to a specific demographic like Tinder.com, which caters to singles looking to hook up. Well that’s not me. Some, thankfully, are more general. I pick the one with a kindly old gentleman on the advertisement. Not sure how reassuring that is.
Now I need a profile and a profile photo.
A profile is akin to a personal brand. Its important to convey who you are and what you’re looking for in a few good sentences. I write about how I got here in the first place. I write about my fitness level. I joke about how I may be in good shape but could I take on the Mountain-no! The man can’t die. I write about my likes and my hobbies. I noticed that a lot of people like long walks on the beach, sky diving, and swimming with the dolphins. (I don’t care for any of those things, but it sound right so I lie. Hey according to psychologytoday.com 53% of all participants on dating sites lie on their profile.) I write that I love my three young children more than anything and how I’m developing a heavy dependence on Single Malt. (Maybe because of my three small children.)
I start looking through what seems like thousands of photos and profiles. A pattern emerges. Most women like height and hair. Even women who are 5’1 are looking for men who are 6′. What’s the difference? If the man is 5’7 he is much taller than you! Do women see security in height? I’m the aforementioned 5’7 and I’ve been in plenty of fights. Ok mostly with fitted sheets but have you tried to fold a fitted sheet??! After a few long agonizing hours, some fleeting moments of self-doubt, a wish that the recessive hair gene had skipped a generation, and several glasses of Glendronach I realize that I’m out of milk- off to loblaws.
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