I hate online dating. As I consider this sentiment, I wonder if anyone actually likes to be on an online dating site. I’m trying to imagine a person who is over the moon to be on eHarmony. She’s jumping up and down, “Woooo, online dating is the best!” This is just funny, right? I’m sitting in a coffee shop as I write this, attempting to smother a laugh. Mostly, I see people who are either jaded (like myself) or those who are trying to remain open about dating sites. For the latter, there’s usually a tinge of regret. “I’m trying to be open and try something new.” This is usually accompanied by a shrug of their shoulders.
I think the only people who are truly excited about online dating are those who are either in a relationship or married. Born out of care for the single people in their lives, this seems like a tangible solution. “Have you thought of trying online dating? My friend Josephine met the love of her life after 2 days on Christian Mingle.” I keep hearing about the multitudes who fall in love online, yet I actually know very few who have. Are these online couples just an urban myth?
I’ve hated online dating since I first knew it existed. There’s something so awkward and embarrassing about the whole idea. There’s no shrouding or ambiguity. We haven’t met anyone in our network of people. We’re here for one reason and one reason alone: to meet someone. It’s humbling to be sure.
I really hate the ads for online sites too and eHarmony commercials are the worst. Everyone’s so perfect, and blond, and smiley. There are numerous times when I have wanted to give one of those commercials the middle finger. And maybe I have. I can see right now happy couples twirling around, with big goofy grins on their faces. This amount of twirling is only acceptable in a Malick film (i.e. To the Wonder). Ugh.
I can’t stand how unrelational dating sites are. How much can one really connect online? It’s so easy to cut off communication or to be completely dishonest with another. I just wrote on Friday about how technology and social media has the power to increase our loneliness. I think online sites can fall within this realm as well.
Despite all of my frustrations with online dating, I am giving it a try again. It still makes me want to roll my eyes (and I actually did just roll my eyes as I typed this). I feel great amounts of reluctance. I still detest those awful ads. I read a great article last month on Donald Miller’s blog. The author (not Miller) spoke about her experience on eHarmony. It was not a pro-online dating type of article necessarily, but it was an honest piece. I appreciated her honesty and frustration with the process. Somehow, it encouraged me to try online dating again. I don’t enter in with grand expectations. I guess I enter back into the online dating world, if even just to be intentional about trying to date again. God can work in some unusual ways.