Everything I know about online dating, I learned on the Internet
In the beginning, Internet Dating is two things: amusing and addictive. It is like a drug. As a virtual virgin you find yourself sucked into hours of scanning photos and reading profiles.
At first, you conscientiously read every profile that the famous dating company serves you on a silver screen. After all, you have waded through pages and pages of questions and written multiple essays on life and goals. It’s a romantic Rorschach test. You’ve supplied name, rank, cereal flavor, a plethora of likes and dislikes and paid the big bucks.
Throwing caution to the wind, you take the leap. Look Before You Leap and Notice the Red Flags
- A match?If you are a hip, sleek Ipod and they are a cassette player – there may be room for concern.
- Say you’re voracious reader, runner, writer, Rumi- fan and their idea of fun is watching TV- note: they are not going to change.
- Go Daddy: If you loved the game and all the commercials for the Super Bowl and they didn’t – at all (including the puppies, Doritos, talking babies.) Go, Daddy.
- Stranger that Fiction:When you meet your ‘match’ and they don’t even remotely resemble their photo, caution. Amber lights flashing.
- Me, Me, Me: If their profile consists of boasts and brags about all their accomplishments and two favorite words are ” I and I” – say the magic word, “Next.”
- Snuggling: If your list of passions is short and succinct with the highlight being ‘Snuggling on the couch’ and you find just reading their list of activities is totally exhausting: this is a big red flag.
- If your IQs aren’t in the same realm – it might be a red flag. If they ramble on about Byzantine art, quarks and metaphysics and you keeping thinking: too quirky and want to taking a quantum leap outa there. Not a match. Next!
- Moody and Disordered? Do you see facets of anger, rudeness, moodiness, and addictions? Red flag.
- If you thought, he said Penn State and he really said ‘state pen’: Really big red flag.
On approximately date #4, the gloves come off. Reality rears it’s pretty little self.
Best Advice? Buyers beware: Be savvy, smart and be safe. Talk on the phone before you actually meet. Ask questions. Take the time to get to know your potential date.
Pay attention to the smoke and mirrors and the man behind the curtain.
San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.