Being 32 and single, has its advantages, but it also has its challenges. And although I am sure past generations have had it worse, today’s “Internet Age” adds a new host of relational pitfalls – namely communicating online and via text messages instead of over the phone or hand-written letters (remember those?) and meeting prospective suitors on FaceBook, MySpace, and internet dating sites instead of at cotillion, blind dates, and sorority formals.
None of these things are bad. It just seems like today we are trying to navigate a path that is a little less clear. That is why I want your opinion on something, something that makes me a little (a lot) uncomfortable, internet dating.
And by your opinion, I mean what would you do if you were in my shoes. Not what you think I should do, as you sigh under your breath that you wouldn’t be caught dead doing it. (I am talking to you, married people. I am on to you – you are famous for giving advice to your single friends that you would NEVER follow yourself.)
Over the last few years, I have had both friends and co-workers take the plunge and create a profile on internet dating sites. And I always have the same reaction, “that is great” but “I just am not there yet.” But yesterday as I drove to work, I started questitoning myself. What am I waiting for? How else am I going to meet a man? (Still somewhat new in town, I seriously can count on one hand the single men I know in Nashville.) Am I just afraid to put myself out there? Am I holding on to an idealistic picture of how I will meet my man? Is internet dating playing with destiny or is it just a way of putting yourself out there?
I promise to listen with an open mind to your thoughts. That being said, I will only “take the plunge” if I can truly get excited about the possibility. Life is too short to waste doing things that I do not want to do just because.
So please, shoot straight, hold nothing back – what is your take on internet dating? (Mom, Dad, guess you can jump in here too, I know you have opinions.)