My sister and her boyfriend this weekend decided to make me an online dating profile. I’ve always strongly urged others to try online dating because the stories are great (one of my friends met a chicken farmer who promised to give her fresh eggs if only she’d go visit him), but I never felt it would lead to anything other than a funny blog post or farm-fresh goods.
Now I’m kind of thinking, why not? When I meet most guys in bars I can barely muster the energy to smile and pretend to be interested long enough to tell him I’m not interested. Think: Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, “Would you excuse me? I cut my foot before and my shoe is filling up with blood.”
At least with online dating the only wasted energy is the amount of time it takes for me to click ‘x’ on my browser.
I was on Skype with Karen and her boyfriend, Connor, while they were filling out the application for me on eHarmony UK.
Karen: What’s your password?
I told them.
Connor: Good. Now we can check her stuff.
Karen: OK. Let’s get started. So you are a woman … seeking men (I’m thinking one will do). Marital status … divorced.
Me: Put that I’m single and never married!!!! (I hate the word “divorced”)
Karen: No. I can’t lie about these things. I’m putting divorced.
Then the questionnaire started. Each question asks about your personality and physical appearance, and you have to rate your self from low (1) to high (7).
Karen: First question. How plain are you? 1-7?
Karen: Yeah, it says how plain/ordinary are you?
Me: I don’t know. I guess I’m average. Four?
Karen: How stable are you?
Me: Six. Oh, wait, do they mean mentally stable or like, stable in career/ambition, etc.?
Karen: However you want to interpret it.
Me: Hm, maybe four, just in case.
Karen: Are you frugal?
Me: Yes! I’m a seven.
Karen and Connor: We don’t agree, so we’re giving you a two.
Me: I’d say five.
Connor: It has to be honest, Sara. [turns to Karen] She’s a three.
Karen: How do you spend your free time?
Me: Watching Breaking Bad, trying to become a respectable CoD player, discovering new restaurants/bars with friends, traveling Europe.
The application took forever, and it wasn’t until I got the eHarmony app for my iPhone that I realized my profile was only 54% complete!
Karen and Connor have already logged in and gone through my first set of free matches, detailing point by point why I should give Simon from Australia, Jon from Putney, and David the tall chef a chance. I said no to Jon because he said his main passion was “anything sports!” Karen says I should really give Jon a second chance because he also likes fine wine. I’m totally fine with sports, and in fact enjoy going to games, but a guy whose only interest is sports? Wine or no wine, Jon from Putney is a no.
My question now: what are people’s thoughts about online dating? Also, is it worth it to pay or better to use a free site? I’m thinking it’s probably better to pay, because it seems like that would automatically weed out a lot of the losers and creepers. If you have done online dating, what’s your site of choice?
I don’t have a lot of hope for this, but I think it could potentially be a fun experience!