I don't think online dating is anymore soul destroying than the damage that is already buried deep within our soul to begin with when setting out with dating. Get yourself whole, happy, Will read your post..I just read the first few lines and realised I did a dating site post some time ago and called it soul destroying,, also another problem is people seem to find it difficult to 12 Soul-Destroying Things You Only Know If You Do Internet Dating 1. You still expect chivalry and flattery in equal measure When internet dating, of course you want to be contacted 2. Online dating sites have accelerated these changes, heightening the hopes for and deepening the pitfalls of sex and love. "I've been researching love and coupledom for 30 years and now And in the online dating world, there is certainly an excess of supply, allowing superficiality to take over logic. But the negative impact online dating is having on our culture does not stop ... read more
posted by empath at AM on February 7, [ 3 favorites ]. So now I have a happy marriage, and lots of sexyawesome friends. Hurray for the future! posted by Theta States at AM on February 7, the notion that "with unlimited available choices, you may not ever stick to one. Brand devotion is critical in online marketing; maybe the problem is that everybody who dates is advertising poorly, resulting in minimal brand recognition.
This happens when multiple brands are too similar, resulting in a choice based on something other than characteristics of the product. Just look at the number of households who will buy a vehicle simply based on the manufacturer's logo, i. passing on a Mercury to buy a Ford; online dating profiles need to identify themselves as the one and only, a brand for which there is no logical alternative for the lifetime of the product, even if the similarity to competing products reduces the value of making that brand-devotion choice.
And, online dating users only really need to find ONE customer willing to reach that level of devotion. However, eventually most brands develop their highest level of devotion, and the customer base stagnates. Sure, things are great with the existing customer base, and the demands are met by the supply, more or less, with some quarters being better than others, but the lack of growth becomes disappointing and sometimes the marketers will get a wild hair that there's the possibility of keeping the current devoted consumers while connecting with a younger, more attractive customer base.
But, then they start hiring Terry Crewes to star and getting the Tim and Eric guys to make commercials, and then the devoted customer base might be turned off, disappointed, or completely reject the product for abandoning the things that resulted in such brand devotion in the first place, potentially losing that relationship in the process. Maintaining a devoted customer base over the lifetime of a product is a difficult prospect, something people train all their lives to figure out.
posted by AzraelBrown at AM on February 7, [ 4 favorites ]. Yeah, I met the woman I am married to on OKC, and I am deliriously happy. So, I am skeptical of his conclusions, shall we say.
posted by Chrysostom at AM on February 7, [ 1 favorite ]. See, this is very interesting - the naturalness with which folks analogize themselves and their relationships to consumer products. I suggest that this is a comparatively new phenomenon, that "the brand is YOU! posted by Frowner at AM on February 7, [ 3 favorites ]. From another article about the same study : Behavioral economics has shown that the dating market for singles in Western society is grossly inefficient, especially once individuals exit high school or college, he explains.
I thought part of the fun of the "dating market" is its inefficiency. But maybe I'm just not desperate enough to understand. posted by madcaptenor at AM on February 7, I totally agree with what you're saying here — there will be a larger story to be told, when we finally write the social history of the Internet, about the way the postwar quantification of the self turned into a new, endemic kind of voluntary, preemptive self-quantification.
Sure, all those OKC multiple-choice personality quizzes can seem like an expression of the worldview bred into us by generations of standardized tests: if only my 2 pencil is sharp enough of course I can find love!
But this has already been said above, but bears repeating the idea that this can be reduced to "now we've quantified love!! Dating sites are a new way to find people to meet , that's all; in terms of how we live our lives as feeling subjects they're still embedded in a much larger world of social practice. They're introduction services; no one really believes them to be a panacea for all aspects of human relationships. Even Alain Badiou should know better than to believe that a few silly hyperbolic ad slogans can encapsulate a new social reality.
posted by RogerB at AM on February 7, [ 2 favorites ]. It's been 17 years since online dating officially became a "thing" or business model to be imitated, Ricochet Biscuit. I've worked with the OKC blog guys, and between their constant presence in online digital media, the evolution of Friendster, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter into the ubiquitous social media explosion that's common today, and the proliferation of niche dating sites post-Millenium, I'd say the online dating stigma's almost been swept out the door completely now.
Ariely has some cogent thoughts about the paradox of choice, as always. However, it's more of an issue that people tend to associate the online dating experience more with window shopping than job-hunting; it's more like the latter than the former, but people tend to conflate one experience with the other.
You can't DATE every single person who's interesting to you or even just sexually attractive online; they're not goods to be bought and sold, so to speak. Rather, online dating profiles are closer to job listings that you see and are qualified for, then you apply, and after a couple of interviews, things move forward if it's a good mutual fit for both parties.
Changing this too-prevalent mindset from one where people are seen as experience goods to one where finding dates requires the same amount of time, effort and dedication that job-hunting does will help people move past the unrealistic expectations that lead to articles like the one posted here, I think. posted by Unicorn on the cob at AM on February 7, [ 1 favorite ].
Well, guess i'll toss my stories in here. Moved to a small town half an hour from the twin cities to stay with who i was dating, and after the break up, it became almost impossible to find a date. Those in town were either not available, polar opposites, or the age difference too much. Decided to go online to see if i could meet anyone. Most of the results were either no interest, fake scam profiles so many russians , said too far at half an hour away, etc.
I'm sure it works for others, but for me, who doesn't see the point in lying on them, just doesn't work it seems. There is probably the fact that i'm pretty much an odd duck, and since i've got my share of baggage to say the least, there is less of a chance that someone will bother and instead go to the next profile.
Eight years single and i've pretty much given up looking, i'll do it off and on, but the rejection just got too much. On a different note, i've made a good deal of good friends from more world friend type sites. So there is that. posted by usagizero at AM on February 7, it is not.
Now that my Love-B-Gon Orbital Platform came online! It circles the Earth, firing rays of apathy and contempt upon the world!
LOVE IS DOOMED! God, there's just no science like mad science, is there? posted by Harvey Jerkwater at AM on February 7, [ 5 favorites ]. lucidium : " I'm halfway through, but I get the impression that the writer just wants to sneer at how only horrid nerds find relationships outside of the people they happen to meet at school and work. posted by octothorpe at AM on February 7, At least once a day there is a post on metafilter which is basically some Guardian columnist quoting a blog about the end of something or other.
I cannot wait until their deep vein of 'great things Ed Miliband says' and 'thoughts I have had about how horrible an idea Scottish independence is' columns is tapped. If that dries up we can at least turn to the 'why high speed rail to Birmingham is evil' columns while substitutes are found.
posted by lesbiassparrow at AM on February 7, [ 2 favorites ]. My housemate and dear friend met his current girlfriend through internet dating, and I'm thankful for that every day, because not only is she very well suited to him she's been living with us for two years now, and they love each other very much she also turned out to be wonderfully well suited to be my friend.
There are interests we all share, like philosophy and dissatisfaction with reality, but also a bunch of interests that she and I have in common while he doesn't, like crafts and baking and Batman.
And then there are the things she's won me around to, like hugging. I am the least huggy person in the world, but now when I get home from work it's all 'HUUGS; How was your day? It is the best. She hasn't always felt comfortable about the circumstances under which they met, though, because she's a bit oversensitive to the idea that people might find it odd.
So at first, she told her parents that she met him on a train. But then he said that sounded just as odd, and if she wanted a cover story she should say she met him in a bookshop. So then she told her friends that she met him in a bookshop, but in the mean time her parents were telling everyone they met the romantic story of them meeting on the train. At this point the numerous conflicting stories about how they met became a bit of a running joke, and for their first anniversary he and I worked together and photoshopped a whole album full of photographs of their first meeting.
There was a photo of them meeting on a train, in a bookshop, underwater, on the moon, in the trenches, at the Yalta conference, in a women's prison, by the Taj Mahal and at a rodeo.
Now she just tells people she met him online. posted by Acheman at AM on February 7, [ 24 favorites ]. Of course there isn't anything that encapsulates all aspects of human experience, but when you have a new and pervasive way of thinking about what people are and how they experience the world, and what makes for good human relations, that's a big deal.
It's not so much "if only I personally can describe myself precisely enough, then I will definitely find love! A new and pervasive way of thinking about people permeates and effects a lot more than just the moment of truth on OKCupid which is part of the reason that it would be silly to give up OKCupid.
posted by Frowner at AM on February 7, So we have this lovely warm family thanks to internet dating. The guy I met on Match. com ten years ago is now very much just a platonic friend it feels so much like he's my brother that thinking about the fact we dated actually triggers my incest revulsion response , but he is still very much a friend - he's one of the three people I trust more than anyone on the planet.
But we are also business partners; I started working with him at his theater company about 2 weeks after we broke up, and that's been wildly successful.
But once in a blue moon, we've held some benefit or opening-night party or something, and some playwright or actor or whatever who's new to the company will be chatting with the two of us and ask us the small-talky, "So, how did you start working together? com" is kind of a weird answer for that. My friend once answered with what is now both of our standard response: "We dated, we broke up, and we got over it. com," he said. How'd it work for you? I think the general premise of the article is wrong.
I met my current girlfriend via on-line dating. We have been going strong for almost 2 years. In my experience, the only thing that makes on-line dating different is the way we meet. At that point, the on-line interface ceases to be important. The idea that this new avenue to meet people is destroying the old ways of meeting people is nonsense.
posted by RedShrek at AM on February 7, [ 1 favorite ]. And I met her on, wait for it, The Guardian's dating site. posted by EndsOfInvention at AM on February 7, [ 1 favorite ].
Met my girlfriend online. She said she switched to online dating because she kept hanging out with coworkers at her tech company and wanted to date guys other than nerds. Instead, she got me. posted by 0xFCAF at AM on February 7, [ 1 favorite ]. I met my boyfriend through online dating. His and my online profiles were telling in that they said virtually nothing about us and he didn't even have a picture of his face. I have no idea what drove me to contact him. Eight months in and he knows me better than I thought anyone could.
And his face? posted by alltomorrowsparties at AM on February 7, posted by d. wang at AM on February 7, [ 5 favorites ]. I've been dating online since , when I was sending messages to random girls on Myspace.
Mor recently I've met people through OKCupid, craigslist both sketchy and non-sketchy sections and even this very site. Both of the mefites I went out with posted in that thread. BUT WHICH ONES? I'm a little shy, I dont have a huge social circle, and I'm not to everyone's tastes , so online dating is the most reasonable method for me to date.
Furthermore, there are huge benefits to dating people outside of your social circle -- if it goes well, great! Now you can get a whole new circle of friends! If it's terrible, not too bad either; nobody you care about will ever know! Sure, dating is hard. I went on 20 first dates last fall; only four of those led to second dates and only one of those people has been really long-term. But every one of those experiences was valuable, whether it was for the experience of meeting new people or the butterflies of blossoming romance.
Even the dates that went poorly were instructive. And hey, maybe you'll get laid. posted by modernserf at AM on February 7, [ 2 favorites ]. of ways to meet romantic partners, and if people are finding it a useful way to find potential mates I don't necessarily see why, beyond being new, this particular method deserves the intense scrutiny it gets compared to other methods probably not nearly as likely to see a "Is meeting people at the gym destroying love" type articles Now at the risk of contradicting that statement, what I found internet dating lacked for me was the ability to account for the intangibles that are impossible to determine based on a photo and list of common interests.
Specifically, I'm almost positive that had my wife and I been on the same online dating site instead of meeting through work we would have never matched up: She's just outside of the 5-year age range in either direction I tended to limit my searches to, she has two children from a previous marriage which would have immediately taken her off my radar if she was just a profile on a screen, and the list of common interests we share or similar tastes in music, books, movies, TV, etc.
is pretty minimal. Yet we've been together now, mostly happily, for over a decade. On the other hand, I can think of one woman in particular who I met through an online dating site who appeared on screen to be my absolute perfect match in terms of common interests and she was attractive enough as well , but as nice as she was and as well as we got along the whole thing felt not unlike dating my sister.
At the end of the day, I think we tend to overestimate how important having a partner who likes "Great Expectations" and "30 Rock" as much as you do is in finding a romantic partner.
posted by The Gooch at AM on February 7, [ 2 favorites ]. And how they move. And smell. And sound. Or what kaibutsu said. Hint hint. Y'all just need to improve your Internet skillz. Or else stop being so superficial. Or sexual repression because you think you are a freak. Internetz FTW. posted by mrgrimm at AM on February 7, I wouldn't go as far as to call it nonsense. The article is bollocks, but I think there is something larger in the "Rise of the Screens.
It's not specific to online dating, but the Internet in general, and the continued "insidization" driven by virtualization of modern culture, has negatively affected the number of people you can meet out and about IRL. posted by mrgrimm at AM on February 7, [ 2 favorites ]. unless you were a weird kid who didn't fit in. In which case, you made your friends online, and internet friends beats no friends any day of the week. And isn't the whole point of online dating to meet people in real life?
posted by modernserf at AM on February 7, Tomato, tomahto. For me, it's the other way around. A compatible romantic read: sex partner is much more important to me than sharing aesthetic preferences.
That's right, sexy right-wingers you'll have to convert in order to fuck me. The thing, as everyone knows, is that there's no one-size-fits-all solution for romantic love. The Internet has enabled millions of different sorts of new relationships. It's inevitable that the older forms of relationships will be diminished, if only slightly.
For example, typing and writing is now likely a much more important skill in attracting a romantic partner. Talking on the phone is much, much less important. Is that good or bad? Good for me. I think :s Neither, really. Just different. What did bother me about online dating was the idea that people were marketing themselves. That's why my profile contained almost no information besides my love of cheese and books.
Honestly, online dating helped me, a bored student at an all women's institution, refine what I really wanted from people. In general! Not just guys! The ability to write in complete sentences, for one. To be able to hold a conversation and expose excitement and curiosity about things. mainly took notes on whiskeys and graduate school apps. OKC has taken off in a huge way among the people I know who have just graduated from college, and I think it's helped some of my friends sort out who they want to be and who they would like to be friends with in the future.
It's not like people who do some sifting through online profiles are locking themselves in their basement and never seeing the light of a bar again, dum dum duuuuum.
You can actually do both at the same time! I'm much more okay with OKCupid than I am with the concept of dating someone at work?! or of pulling someone out of the gutter after last call posted by jetlagaddict at AM on February 7, [ 3 favorites ]. I'm a black woman. My boyfriend of 14 months is a white guy 12 years my senior. He's a busy single parent, a bit shy and I guarantee, never would have approached me in real life He says he's just never been good at the spontaneous come-on.
I'm a Brooklyn native who hasn't lost the permanent scowl I developed growing up. Read: Not very approachable. Not to mention that my guy had never had a serious black girlfriend before me.
You send an email. You don't get one back? Oh well. It's also allowed people to step out of comfort zones a bit. It's fraught with peril? Dating generally is but I'm pretty happy with my interwebs experience. posted by nubianinthedesert at AM on February 7, [ 5 favorites ]. Oh man I should confess that years ago a friend and I set up a fake Craigslist Ad for a princess looking for the Magical Smokes Panda in this Target Women and got serious responses back, from people who somehow thought "Magical Panda" was a serious inquiry?
So it's true, we might have ruined dating. And marriage. And pandas. To the cute guy in Arlington and the GMU student: I'm sorry! We were young! Your responses were charming! posted by jetlagaddict at AM on February 7, My own experience of online dating is that it's entirely more trouble than it's worth. On the average, you'll write someone about 3 emails before meeting them. And on top of that, there's often a phonecall step to set up the date.
Anywhere between all those emails and phonecalls, there's the possibility that she won't return your email. This is what I call eFail. You wrote a perfectly good email -- no glaring errors, nothing untoward, maybe even a few witty touches -- but didn't get one in return. Fucking sucks. Basically, someone poked their head into your life just long enough to make you feel like crap. Now, I used to get a relatively high response rate to my emails, but then again, I'd also spend a lot of time on them -- sometimes upwards of an hour.
But let's say she does agree to go on a date. Well, there's still the chance that, having made plans, she'll flake out at the last moment. Happens all the time. After all, she has no reason to care if you're disappointed -- she doesn't even know you. But okay, let's assume you didn't eFail, she doesn't flake out, and you actually do get to meet each other.
Uh oh! Looks like she used an overly flattering photo that de-emphasized some unattractive features. Or maybe one from a couple years ago, before she put on some pounds. Or maybe it was even photoshopped. Oh yes, this happens. Now, this is certainly no worse than a dude lying about his height or income or whatever -- I'm not saying that dudes are more honest than women -- but I'm writing about this from the perspective of a guy, and this was my experience.
But okay, let's assume she's as attractive as she was on the site. But what happens now? Well, a lot of times, you don't have a damn thing to talk about. No matter how compatible OkCupid thought you were, no matter how many of the same books you enjoyed, no matter how much you liked each others' writing styles, there's just no spark. No fizz. Damn, well, you just wasted a whole lot of time on something that didn't pan out -- not to mention all the time you spent on other girls who you didn't even get to meet.
Basically, this is because the entire process that OkCupid hawks is absolutely worthless. The profiles, the photos, the algorithms, the interminable email-writing process, none of those things will give you any sort of an impression of how likely you are to get along with somebody. My admittedly one-sided take? Online dating sites like OkCupid exist to give men increased opportunity, and women the illusion of control. Basically, if a woman is anywhere near attractive, she gets slammed with tons and tons of dating requests from dudes she doesn't know.
Assuming she's game -- and why else would she be on the site? None of those things tell you if you're going to get along with somebody. But they fill the important role of making a woman feel like she has some kind of control in the situation, and won't pick a loser or rapist.
Even gasp online. So who does this system benefit? A very small number of people. First group? A category of people I like to call the Super Alphas.
Not just alpha men or women, but super alphas. They're the coolest, the prettiest, tallest, best-socialized, most well-connected, and often richest people on there. These people don't need any help. But their very presence distorts the market. I actually came up with this theory to describe why dating in NYC and LA sucks, but it's just as relevant for OkCupid. The very presence of Super Alphas makes people want to hold out for one.
Who cares if the sexiest girls never like you when you meet them, or the handsomest, smoothest guys only like you for one night stands? Those super alphas are OUT THERE, super alpha-ing, which means that you have the chance, however unlikely, of snagging one. This makes people less likely to do what they refer to as "settling", but which people in prior generations would have simply called "finding somebody".
And I think this is what the OP is getting at -- finding someone to love is not like buying a fucking camera. How many wonderful people look shitty on paper? Or don't have an arsenal of great photographs?
Or aren't skilled at coming up with the Perfect Witty Email in less than 24 hours time? Lots and lots of people. But sites like OkCupid tantalize us with this vision of perfect people. And lets just say for a moment that these perfect people are actually as perfect as they say they are. Well guess what? They don't need you! It wasn't about where you went to school and what's your religion; it was about something else, and it turns out it gave people much more information about each other, and they were much more likely to want to meet each other for a first date and for a second date.
Badiou found the opposite problem with online sites: not that they are disappointing, but they make the wild promise that love online can be hermetically sealed from disappointment. The septuagenarian Hegelian philosopher writes in his book of being in the world capital of romance Paris and everywhere coming across posters for Meetic , which styles itself as Europe's leading online dating agency.
Their slogans read: "Have love without risk", "One can be in love without falling in love" and "You can be perfectly in love without having to suffer".
Badiou worried that the site was offering the equivalent of car insurance: a fully comp policy that eliminated any risk of you being out of pocket or suffering any personal upset. But love isn't like that, he complains. Love is, for him, about adventure and risk, not security and comfort.
But, as he recognises, in modern liberal society this is an unwelcome thought: for us, love is a useless risk. And I think it's a philosophical task, among others, to defend it. Across Paris, Kaufmann is of a similar mind. He believes that in the new millennium a new leisure activity emerged. It was called sex and we'd never had it so good.
He writes: "As the second millennium got underway the combination of two very different phenomena the rise of the internet and women's assertion of their right to have a good time , suddenly accelerated this trend Basically, sex had become a very ordinary activity that had nothing to do with the terrible fears and thrilling transgressions of the past.
All they needed to do was sign up, pay a modest fee getting a date costs less than going to see a film , write a blog or use a social networking site. Nothing could be easier. In a sense, though, sex and love are opposites.
One is something that could but perhaps shouldn't be exchanged for money or non-financial favours; the other is that which resists being reduced to economic parameters. The problem is that we want both, often at the same time, without realising that they are not at all the same thing.
And online dating intensifies that confusion. Take sex first. Kaufmann argues that in the new world of speed dating, online dating and social networking, the overwhelming idea is to have short, sharp engagements that involve minimal commitment and maximal pleasure. In this, he follows the Leeds-based sociologist Zygmunt Bauman , who proposed the metaphor of "liquid love" to characterise how we form connections in the digital age.
It's easier to break with a Facebook friend than a real friend; the work of a split second to delete a mobile-phone contact. In his book Liquid Love, Bauman wrote that we "liquid moderns" cannot commit to relationships and have few kinship ties. We incessantly have to use our skills, wits and dedication to create provisional bonds that are loose enough to stop suffocation, but tight enough to give a needed sense of security now that the traditional sources of solace family, career, loving relationships are less reliable than ever.
And online dating offers just such chances for us to have fast and furious sexual relationships in which commitment is a no-no and yet quantity and quality can be positively rather than inversely related.
After a while, Kaufmann has found, those who use online dating sites become disillusioned. But all-pervasive cynicism and utilitarianism eventually sicken anyone who has any sense of human decency. When the players become too cold and detached, nothing good can come of it. He also comes across online addicts who can't move from digital flirting to real dates and others shocked that websites, which they had sought out as refuges from the judgmental cattle-market of real-life interactions, are just as cruel and unforgiving — perhaps more so.
Online dating has also become a terrain for a new — and often upsetting — gender struggle. Men have exercised that right for millennia. But women's exercise of that right, Kaufmann argues, gets exploited by the worst kind of men. The want a 'real man', a male who asserts himself and even what they call 'bad boys'. So the gentle guys, who believed themselves to have responded to the demands of women, don't understand why they are rejected.
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This is going to be a very long post. I read somewhere someone calling online dating "soul destroying". It stuck with me because I cannot think of a better word. I have nice photos up, and am told a very nice profile. I get a lot of attention, but I have to admit that I am picky, so I don't go out on that many dates. I am SO down and depressed over it. Actually, I'm starting to feel NUMB to the whole experience. It's disappointment after disappointment. Some like me, I don't like them.
Some are not interested in me, me in them. And that's all fine and good. I understand that. Just a few weeks ago, I met a really nice Australian guy. Things went so well. We were in touch after the date, he had said he wanted to see me again, etc. Two days later, that VERY MORNING, he called me at A.
His exact words were-" I like you, you're fun to be with, and you're very attractive. When can I talk to you again"? So I said I could call him at that morning, when I had a break. I called him and it went to voicemail. I left a message and NEVER heard back from him. We DO live 70 miles away, but he told me that wasn't a problem.
Well if it suddenly became a problem, why would he say those things to me, acting like he wanted to see me again? Just one more example. We do live far miles. We talked for hours in the morning and hours at night. We planned to meet next weekend. Immediately yesterday I knew something was wrong.
You get to know someone's texting style, and when it goes off course, you just know that the whole thing is going south. So he called me this morning with some bs story.
I could TELL it was bs. So what happened from one day to the next? Distance problem again? Then just say that. I only WISH there were other ways to meet men. I work from home, so that's not happening.
I've asked friends and family if they know someone for me-no. I go to a meet-up group. None there. And I've NEVER met anyone in the grocery store! I'm very careful with looking at the profiles and the photos.
Sometimes you can just tell when a guy is a player, by his photos. I stay away. Won't go anywhere NEAR them. I don't know what to do anymore. It's one disappointment after another. As I said-soul destroying. I have plenty to do to keep me busy, between working full time, having 3 dogs, seeing my daughter, a meet-up group, etc. But whenever I close my day care at , I just feel so lonely and depressed.
It doesnt matter that I have other things going on, I also do crafting. I am looking for someone special and it hasn't happened in 3 years. I'm not even sure why I wrote this. I guess just to vent. I DO know one thing though-even when a guy insists that distance is not too far, I'm not going to take it any further, and also, I'm not going to waste hours of my time on the phone with anyone anymore.
If there is a date, we can find out more about each other at that time. I have stopped even telling my friends and daughter when I have a potential date. The same thing keeps happening over and over and over and I feel like a fool.
NOW it's happening before I even MEET the person. At first, online dating sites seem like a great idea. You get to screen potential dates, and learn about them before meeting them. It's a big timesaver. Meeting someone should be a piece of cake! But real life gets in the way.
People play all kinds of games on there, and you usually end up with the same disappointments that you would with socializing any other way. It's no "magic bullet". In fairness, I had met a few nice women on those sites.
But after awhile, I learned not to get my hopes up too high. Unfortunately for me, there is really no other way. I hate to lump all men into the same category, game players , but if that's all I'm getting I just ask myself WHY??? WHY say those things and then ghost-4 hours later, the next day, whatever? Makes NO sense. Do some men have nothing better to do than to waste all my time, then ghost??
I feel SOO LOW. I call online dating soul destroying Will read your post.. a lot of people generally can not be honest I understand people not being interested. That's totally fine. But the problem enters when they act as if they are still interested, everything seems to be fine, then they disappear.
If they are not interested, then don't follow up at all. It's rude, but at least I would get the point-immediately. To stay, chat and laugh is cruel. It really is. Because then you are left sitting there wondering what the heck you said or did to turn them off. I let men know immediately when I am not interested.
If they send me a text after the date, I DON'T LET THEM WAIT. I just very politely tell them that I had a nice time, but do not think we are a good match. And it feels terrible to do that, but there is NO WAY I am going to lead someone on, if I'm just not feeling it. And what's with the 50 compliments on the date itself? They give all these compliments, then ghost?? They should just keep their mouth shut!!
They cannot be honest, they find it difficult! And because they can ghost they do its easiest for them for some reason, maybe guys find it difficult to tell females they are not interested I wish I, like you, could just ACCEPT the fact, after 3 years, that I'm never going to meet someone like this. If I had another way, I would. But with each ghosting, or disappointment, my feelings get worse, and I feel even more depressed.
There is sort of a philosophical problem with online dating, but it's a philosophical problem with How We Live Now, so it doesn't seem like a reason not to use online dating services - And in the online dating world, there is certainly an excess of supply, allowing superficiality to take over logic. But the negative impact online dating is having on our culture does not stop Online dating sites have accelerated these changes, heightening the hopes for and deepening the pitfalls of sex and love. "I've been researching love and coupledom for 30 years and now Will read your post..I just read the first few lines and realised I did a dating site post some time ago and called it soul destroying,, also another problem is people seem to find it difficult to Two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America I don't think online dating is anymore soul destroying than the damage that is already buried deep within our soul to begin with when setting out with dating. Get yourself whole, happy, ... read more
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