Weâve all been there before. The nervousness and awkwardness of a blind date, the painful realization that your date has about as much personality as a sloth on valium, or that one date in everyoneâs past that was so unbearable that you would have rather stuck a butter knife in your left eyeball than have to endure another hour with this person. At least that way you can scope some eligible singles at the emergency room with your good eye. So why do we keep putting ourselves in situations that are more times than not uncomfortable and can have outcomes that scar us for life? It seems to me that in the never-ending search for âthe oneâ we will do almost anything in hopes of meeting the right person. Personally, I am tired of blind dates, the let down of a potentially great date and the embarrassing fowl-ups, so I decided to do something about it and try something new, enter online dating.
It seems to me that the reason dating can be so difficult is because of the awkwardness and nervousness that accompanies meeting a potential mate. In a society of cell phones, computers and a loss of human contact, why not take advantage of what we have? Online dating can be a fun and exciting way to meet thousands of potential mates in the privacy of your own home-or office. For the guys, ask yourself if you have ever choked down sushi-despite your disgust for uncooked sea creatures-just because you thought you might potentially have something with this girl. Were the fish eggs sliding down the back of your throat worth it? My guess is probably not, but at least she was happy, right? For the ladies, how many hours of your life have been wasted putting on your eyeliner, mascara, doing your hair (then re-doing your hair), softening your skin, plucking your eyebrows, redoing your hair because its flat now, stumbling out the front door in heels, running four red lights-causing three accidents getting to the theater just on time, to find out he isnât there. Nor did he ever plan on being there since he got back with his ex last week and neglected to tell you. Itâs all too common, and itâs getting old!
More and more people are turning to a pizza and beer in their underwear at midnight, having a great conversation all through the morning, instead of the unpredictability of a face to face in a time slot of a couple hours. With online dating, we can pick and choose who is interesting to us, and as we get to know this person better, we can decide if and when we are ready to meet. If there is no attraction, just click the little x at the top right corner of your screen, and move on! Now is the time to drink another beer, eat another slice of onion and anchovy pizza, and move on to the next eligible person. Itâs amazing how easy it is to avoid an uncomfortable situation online. If the chatting goes well, move on to talking on the phone, and if that works out, youâre on your way to a great first meeting! At this point you know he doesnât like sushi-so make sure to meet for a burger! Happy dating!