Internet Dating … Eek!?!?
Last night I was feeling really frustrated at my complete lack of a social life. With three kids, a full time job, housework, cooking and washing, there really is not a lot of time for me. How am I supposed to meet someone new who will instantly recognise how perfect I am for him and sweep me off my feet and into his life?
Yes, I know! Keep dreaming Diana. Well, I am an eternal optimist so here I go again. I decided to try out an Internet Dating service that is constantly advertised on Facebook for the more ‘mature’ folk.
I fill out the survey in detail, making sure my answers are truthful. I was clear about my likes and dislikes. I even uploaded a photograph (gasp)! I hate photographs of myself but I figured I had nothing to lose.
This morning there were ten, yes ten emails from the dating site. My ego was seriously boosted. Wow! I am popular! That is an unfamiliar feeling.
So off I rush to see my dream men waiting for me. They look really interesting but I noticed something odd. Most of the emails said exactly the same thing. Hold on a minute. They can’t all say the same thing and then I twigged on. The dating service automatically sent me emails from the various gentlemen based on our compatibility score. These poor guys did not even know that they emailed me. So I went to my ‘sent’ items. An even bigger gasp. Apparently I (the shameless hussy) had sent emails to a whole lot of men too.
The Dating Service probably does that because it knows most people are too shy to initiate contact. I mean; Internet Dating is a little ‘desperate’ in some people’s eyes.
However I was ok with that. I understand why they did it BUT here comes the real cruncher. I got a really nice reply from one guy and it was long and chatty. Just the kind of email us girls like. He left his Facebook profile name and email address on the message and asked me to reply. So I did from my work address. In his reply he asked to me to find him on Facebook and be’friend’ him which I duly did.
While I was waiting for the Friend request to be approved, I browsed his profile. Fabulous guy! Educated, successful, loves his kids, loves the outdoor life etc etc. Exactly the kind of man I would be looking for. Then I noticed something else really interesting. I checked his profile out on Facebook and it was an EXACT replica of the email he sent me. Copy and paste? That was strike one!
He had a lot of friends, about 250 in total, BUT there was not one man on that list. Clang! Clang! Clang! That’s the sound of alarm bells going off in my head. This man is building a little Facebook harem there. Strike two!
CANCEL!!!!! That’s me cancelling the Friendship request and instantly off to the dating site to delete my profile – permanently!
So that little adventure lasted all of 18 hours, but at least I had a good story to tell.
Have a fabulous week!