Tales Of A Serial Singleton: Dates In Site
Since Valentines Day passed, I’ve found myself going into dating overdrive. Yep, I’ve headed online to check out countless dating sites in the hope of meeting a potential girlfriend. Since I was going solo on “The Most Romantic (see; Corniest) Day of the Year”, I figured it might be nice to have a special person in my life for the next one, you know.
So, I headed to Google. And typed “dating sites”. The options were far, far greater than I anything I had ever imagined. Want to date people in uniform? How about people who are gamers? Perhaps you are looking for potential partners who are strictly vegetarians? Or maybe you fancy an illicit encounter with a stranger? Well, sir, there are websites that cater to such specifics and pretty much every other inclination you may wish to pursue. Gawd bless the internet, right?
After signing up to several of the lesser (translation: free’er), broader interest range sites, I figured being on more than one would increase my chances. Whilst setting up my dating profiles, I opted to be as descriptive and honest as I could. Including an array of pictures that demonstrate various sides to me, I figured I had a decent enough online identity ready to entice the single ladies of London. And the results so far, have been encouraging.
What do I put my relative success down to? Well, for a start, I appear to be among a tiny minority of men not opening correspondence with “you so sexy”, freely quoting Another Level’s Freak Me and standing in front of a mirror/ sports car whilst showing off perfectly sculpted pecs and a six pack. This apparently makes me a clear frontrunner, with around 60% of those I’ve been ‘chatting’ to online having made the first move. It appears by being relatively normal and possessing a tiny bit of self-awareness will stand you in decent stead. That’s a confidence booster right there…
Luckily for me, the “douchebag: genuine dude” ratio is incredibly encouraging. As is the pool of great women seemingly after more than just a casual dalliance. Whilst online dating isn’t the way I’d hoped to meet a girl, it certainly offers the most concentrated group of single people ultimately looking for the same thing, making it the best potential route. Right?
Online dating also forces you to slightly adapt your outlook. If I’m going to date, I plan on giving myself the best chance possible and with several dates lined up. I’ve found myself eschewing the old “it happens when you least expect it” maxim. It’s all about being proactive.
If there’s any advice I can give from what I’ve discovered so far, it’s this: be smart, be truthful, be bold and be online. It seems to be where the party’s at. I’m bringing my dancing shoes.