Online Dating: Business, Pleasure or Off-Putting?

According to various sources, 1 in 4 couples met online… That’s a pretty big statistic and if you think about it, where can you meet people nowadays? Everyone is so busy working, texting, tweeting, ‘twerking’, Facebooking, Snapchatting and generally being engrossed in their busy lives. We all do it, so where better to meet someone than on the other end of your computer in the never ending internet sphere?

This is the thought that went through my mind when being convinced to join a dating site. This and various other thoughts like:

  • What if all the men online are online for a reason?
  • What if they think the same about me? 
  • What if this is a completely cringeworthy waste of time? 
  • …Then again, what if it’s not?
  • What if I see someone I know online? 
  • What if they try to awkwardly flirt with me? 
  • …What if I quite like it? 

Plenty of ‘What if..’s’ to keep the world spinning.

So, I bit the bullet and started to write my profile. It all felt a bit business-like… Almost like I was writing a CV for my love life. I guess selling yourself for a job and selling yourself (metaphorically) for online dating is really similar. The overall aim is wanting someone to like you so much they want to meet you. But is it just like a job interview? Is dating a long interview process where discovering the right candidate takes time, effort and plenty of practice? In the end, is it just frustrating?

After various hours of pondering, the summary that was created looked like the below. What faced me was something I could never have imagined…

... That is the question
To date or not to date, that is the question…