I don’t see it as often anymore, but there was a time when you’d see a lot of online dating headlines that said, Willing to Lie About How We Met or something like it. Translation for my readers who’ve never tried online dating: Most online dating services ask you to use a headline for your profile. Some dull but typical examples are: Downtown Lawyer Looking For Love; Southern Gentlemen Seeks Lady; Let’s Get Out of Here.
I see less of the let’s lie headlines nowadays. I’m not sure if it means anything. If couples are more willing to come right out and tell their friends and family, “We met online”? But it seems like a reasonable thing to assume.
I know that it’s not something I’m willing to lie about. Not ever again. I’ve told this story here on the blog, before. My last serious boyfriend asked me to lie about how we met. We were on our way to have drinks with some friends of his. It was a big deal for me – meeting his friends. And then he made a fuss over the how we met story and insisted we make up a lie. Maybe that was the first sign that he wasn’t who I thought he was. Anyway…
I think it’s really interesting that people are still asking whether online dating has lost its stigma. But then, I guess there are still some people who hold on to the belief that online dating is for nutjobs and weirdos. Or that there are more nutjobs and weirdos online than at the corner bar? And why do they believe these things? I don’t know.
According to some promo material that one of the big online dating services was floating a few months back, 1 in every 8 couples that got married in the US last year met online. That’s a lot of people. And all of the for-profit sites are raking it in this year. The profits are soaring.
So it seems reasonable to say that the people who are looking down at online dating are in the minority. Maybe they should dive in and try in for themselves.
Tags: jezebel, Online dating, profits