Poll: Have You Done Online Dating?

Recently, I wondered aloud about how pathetic my online dating profile would be, were I to set one up. And pathetic, indeed, it would be. But plenty of my single friends — nay, all of my single friends — who are actively looking for a partner are registered to one online dating site or another. And I should say, their profiles are all really cool.

But there seems to exist some stigma around the practice, which I don’t really see the reason for. Online dating seems efficient and handy, like all of a sudden you’ve taken the annoyance out of meeting people to date — people who you might not even like once you’ve gone out with them. Eliminate some of the work by inserting a middle man! I’m for it.

So let’s find out in real world terms how common the practice is, via you. Hopefully once people see that they’re not alone (although maybe they are…I guess a real cultural anthropologist wouldn’t jump to conclusions) we can move forward with ridding the world of one more unnecessary misconception.

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    • gotplaid

      Online dating is the best invention for the single girl since Ben and Jerry’s. I just moved to a new city and don’t know very many people. But setting up my profile allowed me to meet men AND do a ton of fun local things I wouldn’t do on my own. The best part? I think I may have found a keeper…

    • Betty Wallner

      I tried out online dating for about four months, with a break half way through after finding a possiblymaybe that turned into a no,whydidIconsiderhimatall?. I’d found a few guys that were pretty great, but I was never really happy. In the end I concluded that everything was too ‘made to order’ – there was no excitement in getting to know someone new and you already projected all of these (potentially inaccurate) attributes found in their online profile and the conversations one holds on the internet via e-mail are rarely an example of their amiability in person. BUT BUT BUT I would always recommend it to anyone interested in looking for their one. Dating, like anything else in life, is a skill and a craft honed by experience and exposure (three different dates a week – puh-leez). After meeting several ‘potentials’ (over which I himmed and hawed) and a large handful of ‘absolutely nots,’ it was easy as pie to recognize love when I introduced to my current beau (the old fashioned way). Viva le tête-à-tête!