Being something of a geek I prefer my social interactions to be a bit more software rather than hardware driven. Virtual communication frightens me less than the face-to-face interaction the human race has depended upon for millennia. In most cases this is fine, modern technology facilitates this semi-hermit way of life. I can speak to friends in bits and bytes, but there is one area of social interaction that is hampered by this lifestyle choice.
Thankfully the internet (as usual) has come to the rescue, and given us the gift of online matchmaking. There is still somewhat of a stigma around this, but in one way it provides a service to people like me. In my pre-Mr-Mrs-G days I tried most of them, and found them all to be terrible. All they did was destroy my confidence and make me feel even more alone.
Looking at the sites available it is easy to see why.
http://www.match.com – one of the big names of online dating sites. Only problem it’s like a version of hot or not. Don’t bother typing up a good profile, it’s your picture that counts. This is a dating service for princes and princesses. Non-beautiful people need not apply.
http://www.eharmony.com – like match.com, but takes twice as long to actually create a profile. Once again it’s not for the fuglies. Average age is higher than on most sites as teenagers get bored by the long application process. The scientific matching process is a great USP…shame it doesn’t mean anything. There are more scientific surveys done in the pub than this.
http://www.plentyoffish.com – the Craigslist of dating sites. Free access means there is no “pervert-filter” (95% of perverts refuse to pay due to the vast volume of free porn out there). Beware the pretty who stumble on this site, you will be inundated by proposals…do.not.accept. The site as a whole is a bit of a sausage-party, like a post-apocalypse world where most women have died out and the remaining men fight over the few that remain.
http://www.mysinglefriend.com – dating without the hassle. Responsibility is based onto your friends. Also the blame if it all goes wrong. In reality with people offering their friends to others this is basically a legal version of pimping, but without the natty suits and hats. What really ends up happening is that your friends in a burst of excitement throw you on there, and leave you to do all the hard work, like dropping you in at the deep end of the pool before you tell them you can’t swim.
There is a website out there for everyone, some much scarier than others (www.grannydating.com – dare you!). There is one flaw with all of these though. Eventually you are going to have to meet sue6824 or liltempest face-to-face. I mean the internet can’t do everything.
This is why I would love to see dating websites uninvented. It is not because I want to prevent people from finding love, but to help them realise that for hundreds of years we managed to get married and make babies (or even just meet people) without the need for fancy algorithms or photo-based selections. I tried to rely on them to meet like minded people, but like me those people had already moved away from these sites and gone back to talking to their own friends.
Friends who knew a few people that might get on and should start talking to each other and see where it goes from there. Like we used to do.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Undo.”