Updated: February 5, 2023
Let’s be real, guys can have it tough on dating websites. A single woman can set up her profile, sit back, and wait for the messages to pour in, but guys don’t have that luxury. If single guys want a date, they have to wade into the online dating pool and get it.
1. What Works for One Person Might Not Work for Another
There’s always that one friend who seems to have special dating powers. Their dating profiles are like catnip, for whatever reason, and they complain about having too many dates — like that’s a real problem. If you ask your friend to clue you in on their secret sauce, however, you might not find it all that useful.
2. People Often Rely on Algorithms to Do All the Work
I’m going to say this once: Algorithms aren’t magic. You can’t sign up for a dating site and expect some fairy-godmother-like matching game to bring your soulmate to your inbox. Dating websites are a platform designed to make it easier to find a date — but you still have to, you know, do stuff and be good at it.
3. You Might Be Too Picky & Specific About Your Wants
Advanced search features can trick singles into believing they can order whatever they want and find their perfect match with a click. It’s not that easy. If you’re hoping for a 22-year-old dog owner with blond hair living within 10 miles of you — maybe you’ll find one or two lucky ladies in the search results and that’s it.
4. There Can Be Too Many Options
Even after you pick your favorite dating site, you have still more choices to make as you browse through an ever-growing crowd of profiles to find the one for you. Some online daters find it hard to focus on just one person because they know there’s always another one out there.
5. You Have to Compete With More Guys
At bars and clubs, you can see your competition; you can count how many other guys are in the room and weigh your odds of success. Online, you don’t know who you’re up against, but you can bet some of them will be hotter, smoother, smarter, or funnier than you are.
6. People Start to Look Like the Same Person
I know we were taught as kids that everyone is special and all, but after a dozen or so profiles declare themselves “addicted to Netflix” or “looking for something real,” you begin to wonder just how original people are. After reading many similar likes, dislikes, and bios, people start to blend together. When you can’t remember if you’ve already messaged that cute sushi-loving gal, online dating kind of sucks.
7. Sometimes It’s Hard to Tell Chemistry Online
I’ve definitely experienced this. You’re connecting on every major topic, the banter is stimulating, and you think this might be it — and then you meet in person and everything you liked about him or her evaporates before your eyes.
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