One woman waited for her first date with a man she’d met online, sitting at an outdoor table at the appointed place and time.
Readers of my early ’00s newspaper column emailed me with hundreds of horror stories, and sometimes their experiences would bring tears to my eyes.
I stare at the blank form on the website — the one that invites me to open my heart and pursue my soul mate via a labyrinth stocked with eligible men. I was more than capable of getting into my own romantic scrapes and didn’t need a website to exacerbate my bad decision making.
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Pitta is “ambitious by nature but also can be demanding and abrasive.” Yikes—do I really want that on a profile if I’m trying to get dates? This is a website for “conscious singles,” and men who populate the site will be interested in the—and not a false picture of someone younger, sleeker, and more deferential. In that regard, I was singular among my single friends—the Luddite left on the platform at the train station.
Despite having written about single life for more than a decade, I had never dated online in any serious way.