I’m one week into this ridiculous game of online dating (feels more like trolling), using an app and swiping right to meet potential men, even as I’m typing this, it sounds absolutely ridiculous. What has happened to us, the human race, that is, are we that addicted to social media, are we really trying to find love, or future partners on an app? I can only speak from my own experience, I have heard “many” times from friends, so and so met on a dating website, it’s the way people meet now. REALLY? I’m not buying it…here me out, you post as few tasteful photos of yourself, a good representation and from the current year, right? I was blown away with the outrageous profile photos (there’s definitely a business in this) men…WTF, why are you posting photos of yourselves hugging fish, or pumping iron in the weight room, or worse, selfie’s in the bathroom with shirts off…STOP IT! What is the message you are sending? It’s literally the equivalent of women posting photos of themselves shoe shopping, with the caption, “best deal on Jimmy Choo’s ever,” or worse, in bikinis! For me personally, it’s a definite swipe left. BUT, here’s some in sight from my younger son, he says, ” a photo of a man holding up a fish, shows yes, he can catch a fish but it also shows he can be a provider and that he is proud of his accomplishments, it also shows his masculine side.” Sure, I will agree with my son’s analogy re fish photo’s but there’s no way I’m buying into a deeper meaning of shirtless photo’s except to say, I’m ripped!
Putting myself out there, I can’t help but feel like a piece of meat, in my head I’m “filet mignon” only to discover, I’m more “stewing meat”, or a “chuck steak”. Yes, I’m a bit tough but I am “all natural, Grade A, aged to perfection,” who has been with the same partner for “31 years”! So yes, I come with baggage too, could this be a bigger turn off ?! You’re given a paragraph to best describe yourself, I fill in…”I’m 5′ 7″, Easy going, enjoy music, wine, food in any order. Love to travel. I don’t sky dive or surf but I am open to “most” things…I’m an urban girl and enjoy the theatre and museums…its brief and to the point, I think? Most men leave this part blank, assuming that their profile photos will get them a swipe right. I met one “swiper”, in his photo, he appeared normal and after texting him for a bit we decided to go on a “coffee” date. He arrived…several inches shorter than myself, needless to say, it was slightly awkward, this bit of information would have been helpful to know, height matters, no offence to shorter men, good things come in small packages, it’s just a thing for me. I find this entire experience humiliating and to be honest, maybe I’m not desperate enough to continue this charade because it’s utterly a shit show. There’s no science behind it, you have a photo and he has a photo, if you both swipe each other right, it’s a miracle! What about the handful of men that I swiped right, who didn’t swipe me? Have I past my prime for men of the same age? Do I really need to shop around the nursery isle for men in their 40’s?
I’m not looking for just anyone, hence, the featured image, “looks like you’re out of people,” which makes me laugh each time. Maybe I’m holding out for that chance meeting of someone special on the seawall, or shopping for groceries, we both reach for the same steak, he says he likes a good tenderloin, I say…”all natural, Grade A, aged to perfection?” LOL, Sorry, I couldn’t help myself but you get the idea? I’ll keep you posted on where this crazy online dating thing goes, or doesn’t go. For now, I’ll try not to take things too seriously, maybe ask a few more questions and who knows?
P.S. Please share, apparently I need all the help I can get!