The Online Dating Game

The Wellspring Collective

by Sylvia Van Peebles

They Mean Well…

I’m sure there are many of you who thought you were perfectly content in your singleness. You come and go as you please, and can be sloppy for days at a time because you only have yourself to answer to. Life is good. That is, until your BFF’s get a hold of you. Don’t get me wrong, they are concerned, loving, and caring people who only have your best interest at heart. They know how miserable and lonely you really are and think you are so brave to try and not show it. They talk in hushed whispers behind your back, and look at you like they’ve just been told you have only six months to live, but you have no clue. No matter what you say, it falls on deaf ears. They are trying to save you from yourself and those titles that follow unattached people like you. You know them, old maid, spinster, etc.

They have decided that the only way to save you is through an intervention. Thanks to technology, there are so many ways to help you find that perfect someone to relieve you of the freedom of being single you so much enjoy. Yes, life as you know it is about to change. You are getting ready to enter The Online Dating Game. (Twilight Zone theme music plays.)

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo

Who knew there were so many online dating sites? There are dating sites for every possible kind of match; young people, old people, and every ethnic group. There are sites for gay people, straight people, even people who are not sure what they are. The web is a virtual smorgasbord of places to meet other people. You can also choose if you want a serious or casual relationship, marriage, or just a pen pal. There are sites that cater to the average joe, others that only handle millionaires, and everything in between. How in the world does one choose? (Jeopardy! ‘Think’ music.)

Profile Panic

Before you can scan the potential matches, you have to fill out your profile information. It sounds harmless enough, just the basic information. Let’s see, name, city, state, user name, and password. Hold on, what’s this? My height and weight? My body type? My birthday, including year? How much can you fudge the truth? You didn’t want a 2-way street here, you just wanted the information about them. No one said anything about other people looking at you! Oh, and speaking about looking at you, they want a picture. Let me guess, they want a recent picture. See if you can just get a head-shot on your cell phone. Well, on to the final step, let’s look at their ‘suggested’ matches. (How Do I Know is playing).

Who’d A Thunk?

Enough already! You’ve decided to delete your profile. This is no way to find someone to spend your life with. Especially if you’re not looking. Just then there’s a notice that someone has just viewed your profile. You click on the new picture and you can’t believe your eyes. He’s wonderful. The right age, the right height, the right everything. What’s that thumping? Wow, it’s your heart. It’s been so long, you didn’t recognize the feeling. Is it possible your friends were right all along?  Do you dare send him a message? Why not, what do you have to lose but your singleness? (Let’s Get It On starts playing.)


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lappellcore
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 02:08:41

    Your post reminded me of how my woman friend got me hooked up with the man I am seeing now. He and I are really compatible. Thanks Carol.


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