Thank God I’m no longer single. I say this mostly because I’m happily married these days, of course, but it runs through my mind over and over again like a mantra whenever I hear someone gripe about their frustration with internet dating – man or woman. I can relate all too well, from my own personal experience. Four years of post-divorce dating drove me to despair. On the other hand, it was through the internet that I found my wife, like a needle in a haystack even though we lived in the same condominium complex, only a few buildings apart.
At its best, internet dating is a great way to find your perfect match by laying your cards on the table and describing who you really are, as well as your deal breaker issues – must have’s and must not-have’s. At its worst, it is the perfect opportunity for someone to hide behind witty emails and sarcastic banter, and a ten year old headshot photo that was taken during the single most photogenic moment of his or her life.
Guys, if you ask any woman what it is that she dislikes most about internet dating, she’ll immediately tell you how frustrating it is to get all excited about a guy she’s met online, only to find out that he is completely different than how he described himself when she finally gets to see him in person.
Oh, wait a minute. That also describes what us dudes dislike so much about internet dating. Women do that, too – especially when it comes to their age and their weight.
Of course, we’ve all heard about sociopaths and cheaters who fabricate alter personas to hide their economic and marital status, but I believe those cases are relatively far and few between. There is one big fib that men commonly tell that is almost comically stupid, which women complain about as their biggest pet peeve. They fudge their height – by several inches in some cases. Women always ask afterward, “Why did he do that? Does he really expect me to believe he is 5’8″ when it’s obvious that he can barely get on the roller coaster at Six Flags? If he’s that dishonest about something like that, what else will he lie about?” Ahem – we can only guess…
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