Saturday, March 21, 2009

By The Numbers: Online Dating Edition

Last night, a subway ride with some of my work galpals found us talking about the vagaries of online dating.

A fellow single gal chimed in about her experience with a guy who couldn’t tear himself away from his Blackberry during their date. I could empathize, having just spoken with a JDater who interrupted our conversation three minutes into it to take another call. Given that his online handle is Crackberry69, I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised.

This latest go round of Internet dating has had its share of surprises (good and bad). Here are a few of them -- By The Numbers:

Number of guys from and who have emailed me: 34
Number of first dates: 2
Number of JDate men whose emails began with what I have in common with his ex wife: 1
Number of women who’ve sent me flirtatious emails: 1
Number of communications (phone and email) it took to schedule a date with
Chris: 10

A 39-year-old New Jersey-based guy who works in finance, Chris shares my penchant for travel and modern rock bands. We’re meeting for afternoon drinks in Midtown today.

Up next…surviving my first ride on a mechanical bull and running into a friend from my journalism school days.


Ryan said...

Online dating websites are designed to be a numbers game. Think about how many guys you meet in real life when you go to a bar. Why would online dating be different? I would recommend to be just more selective when meeting singles from an online dating site.

Melissa said...

While I agree about being selective, I've also found that online dating seems to be a breeding ground for lack of etiquette. And I say this as someone that has tried, at one time or another, six different sites.

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