I’ve always been a major supporter of online dating sites. Maybe it’s because I know I’ve met so many great people via the internet, but it just makes sense to me. All of my single friends are independent, busy, working women and I don’t know how they’d find the time to just meet someone. Sheer luck? [I don’t believe in luck.]
I’ll also admit that I’m the obnoxious married friend who tells my single friends, “Just try Match.com or something! It makes sense!”
But then, not long ago, I put my money where my mouth is and helped a friend set up an online dating profile.
It was terrifying and led me to believe that I’d be alone forever if I personally was on the market. It made me think “how would I answer these questions in order to trick someone into wanting to date me?” Like, it’s hard work trying to find that balance of honest and not-quite-so-honest.
“I’m the life of the party!”
Until I want to go home and go to bed at 9:30pm.
One portion asks “simple” questions like:
For fun: Could Netflix binging be an appropriate answer? Because it’s the truth.
My religion: Guilty, recovering Catholic?
Favorite hot spots: Wrapped in a blanket, in front of my space heater.
Favorite things: Netflix, my space heater, snacks, not wearing a bra [not in a sexual way, but in a “I’m not going anywhere for the rest of the day” kinda way]
About me: I’m in my late [God Almighty…] 20’s, I’m slightly neurotic, I’m always cold and I own too many cardigans. I plan my days around when I can eat next, I can overanalyze anything, and I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.
And then picking the right profile picture!? Oh sweet Jesus. Do you post a really pretty picture of yourself that was taken at just the right angle in just the right lighting, and possibly be a let down when you meet your Match in person? Or, do you post a subpar picture of yourself and have your Match be pleasantly surprised on your first date?
“I love waking up before the sun to work on my fitness!”
The questions, though…they just keep coming…
Do you want kids: Yes, but please don’t assume this means I’m good with other people’s children. Because I’m not.
Body type: Female
Height: With or without the heels I wear that make my legs appear longer than they really are?
How often do you drink: This question seems a little judge-y, don’t you think ?
What Sports and exercise you like: I like watching figure skating and I only exercise because I don’t want to have to buy new clothes.
Exercise habit: Guilt
Daily diet: Monday – Thursday or Friday- Sunday?
Astrological Sign: If this means something to you, we probably don’t have much in common.
I think I met my husband when I was 18 because the Good Lord knew I’d be the conductor of the Hot Mess Express trying to figure out the online dating scene. To my single ladies, please let eat my words: Online dating doesn’t necessarily make sense, and it’s certainly not easy.