Be Afraid: Internet and Mobile Dating Experiences
This week, I got into an interesting conversation about online dating. I used online dating websites off and on until 2012 when I got fed up with the foolishness. I found myself thinking that almost everyone I met on an internet and mobile dating environment is “off their rocker”. However, I wondered if the same could be said about me since I was on there as well.
When dating apps like Badoo and Tinder came out, I decided to try those. I soon learned that it was the same fishbowl of people. All it takes is one good conversation and you soon learn why someone is single. I initially got on there because it’s convenient and you could at least attempt to learn a little something about the person ….easy enough right? So after some strong evaluation of my online dating adventures, here’s who I met………
Some people are just plain weird. You can immediately pick up on it. Their profile reads like a normal human being but when you speak in person or on the phone, you realize that the elevator doesn’t quite make it to the top floor.
People who have recently gone through a breakup or divorce often turn to the internet as a way to find someone to fill the void. You realize this when you chat on the phone or go on a date and end up listening to all of the problems they had with an ex. Honestly, it’s the last thing I would want to hear. Every one needs a shoulder, but why me?
This person uses online dating as a way to market his services or scam you. You have a few decent conversations and decide to go out. When you meet, they immediately try to sell you services and become very persistent about it. In my case, it was prepaid legal services. Did you really have to ask me for my social security number?
It’s nothing worst then a man in the 60+ age range who patrols the dating sites looking for a younger sexual conquest. I think love is possible at any age, but after a certain point you get too old to earn the player of the year award. Enjoy your retirement!
One of my most memorable dates includes a guy I chatted with for about a week. He asked me out and we decided to meet at Bar Louie. I’m standing outside and BOOM, this guy turns the corner with the meanest pimp walk and the brightest lime green five piece suit; it was 90+ degrees outside. He wasn’t a bad conversationalist, but he told me he dressed liked that every day because that’s how the old school pimps dressed.
I think internet and mobile dating is an excellent resource for meeting people, but as with anything else, it has its pros and cons, everyone has a different experience. I also feel all of the online and mobile communication is taking away from that face to face interaction that most people like when dating.
What do you think? Please share your experiences!