Updated: January 29, 2023
You have heard of them all, I’m sure: eHarmony, Tinder, Christian Mingle, Plenty of Fish, Delightful, Coffee Meets Bagel . . . the list goes on and on. So many websites promise a shot at love and boast sky-high success rates. They seem pretty foolproof and even destined for success. But are they?
1. No One Is Exactly Right
Relationships are about self-sacrifice and admiring someone enough to put aside exactly what it is you want for the sake of your loved one. So, if you are online, don’t get caught up on crossing off a checklist or finding someone that may only exist in your head. If you find yourself lost in this mistaken way of thinking, maybe online dating isn’t the best place for you, or maybe you just need a break.
2. The Case of the Backhanded Compliment
If negativity is getting to you, it’s not a bad thing to log out and come up for air. Ask friends to put on a dinner party with eligible men or set you up on a blind date. Oh, and gentlemen, stay upbeat in your profiles rather than offering backhanded compliments to the opposite sex.
3. There Are Other Ways
Just because a close friend from high school or college met her significant other online, married him, and is expecting a baby with her now-husband doesn’t mean your love story will unfold the same way. It could, but don’t bet on it like it’s some magic elixir. I signed off because I wanted to enjoy the journey. Online, I was distracted by success rates and comparing my story to my friends’ stories.
4. Love Isn’t a Game
Online dating is not terrible, but don’t let people convince you that if you are single you should be online. Despite what people might say, online dating isn’t for everyone and it’s not going to be every single and thirty-something woman’s fairytale. If you haven’t tried online dating, definitely give it a try with an open mind and a hopeful spirit. But if online dating apps and profiles suck your spirit dry, don’t worry.
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