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So it was that on my first date, I found myself sitting opposite a very charming man called Patrick. He certainly was 35, or thereabouts, in the picture he’d posted. He had displayed a picture that was at least a decade old — one of the most popular online tricks. He looked nothing like his photograph — and there was a very good reason for that. It was just some random stranger whose image he’d scanned.
When I questioned him about this, he snapped: ‘Well, I think we look alike.’I must have had dates with six different men before I met someone I clicked with and who appeared to have been reasonably honest.
As I learned, this is a complete waste of time — especially for women.
It doesn’t matter if you have climbed Everest in your lunch break and discovered a cure for cancer — no one will read it. Match.com, the world’s biggest dating site, asks dozens of pointless questions that go on for pages and pages.
When I regaled her with my horror stories, she insisted that times had changed and I should give it another go.
After nearly a decade away, she was right: things had changed.
The tedious questions were still there and all the men had user names such as Stud4U or Adonis82.A man signing up for the first time (and I know this because I tried it) would have been greeted with pictures of Scarlett Johansson lookalikes, boasting about their cooking skills while posing in bikinis.The first step when joining a dating site is to complete a profile. The virtual world, that is, not the real world — don’t be daft: men like that were all snapped up years ago. I was single and not in bad nick, but working long hours in a female-dominated environment meant I never got to meet anyone. Well, don’t — because, ladies, the world is full of handsome, charming men with six-figure salaries, who are all queuing up to commit to people just like you. It was 14 years ago, when I was 30, that I first tried online dating.
So many people partake that it has became an acceptable way to meet the opposite sex.