In his inaugural post Rory recounts his first online dating encounter, after his newspaper editor asked him to write a first-hand account about using a dating site. I’ll get to that shortly, but first some observations. But honestly, some people don’t do themselves any favours. We had a couple of glasses of wine, and the conversation came easily.
The first time I dipped a toe in online dating waters, it got bitten off. I know plenty of people who’ve found a mate through online dating and they couldn’t be happier. I arranged to have my first date with a woman named… She was better looking than her photos suggested, which surprised me because I assumed everyone put up pictures of themselves as fit teenagers despite looking like shop-worn frumps in real life; like I did.
She'd met her husband through it and assured me I'd be an absolute stud online, as I'm charming and normal, as opposed to most of the men on mainstream dating sites."Online dating is great for people like you, Willard – it's like we've finally invented a pair of tight jeans for being funny, or a push-up bra for being intelligent," she said.
Unfortunately, while I was charming, intelligent, funny and normal, that gave me no guarantee that the person I'd meet would be the same. While this was clearly one of the worst dates ever, it wasn't the worst I've ever been on, or ever heard of.
I’ve decided to pursue a relationship with a special man,” she wrote. Did the “special man” know his girlfriend had cosied up to someone else just days before they became the new Bogie and Bacall?
I recommend online dating for practice if you haven't dated in a while, but ultimately, I think the chances of meeting someone great are small and require a whole lot of effort.""I'm a Baby Boomer who never thought she’d be single at 60. I met one guy from California that I flew out to spend time with only to learn he was looking for a woman to support his lazy behind. Or they are sick and want a woman to be their nurse.Aged 32 and single, Willard Foxton decided to set himself the challenge of trying as many dating websites as possible, to up his chances of finding the perfect partner.He certainly met some interesting types, but did he discover The One?When online dating works, it can be a great way to connect with lots of people you wouldn't have otherwise met.But when it doesn't, the experience can send you down the everyone-is-awful-so-I'm-probably-dying-alone spiral. I'd rather meet a great guy randomly and organically than deal with the constant rejection and exhaustion.""You just don't get that spark that you do when you know you like someone and it's instant and wonderful. It's like you try to put a face to the person you're talking to, but it just feels like this contrived entity.