Yeah, I didn’t realise that loving bacon is a criterion to base any form of relationship on either.
But now I know it is, I wouldn’t dream of dating a man who didn’t share my strong preference for thin and crispy non-smoked streaky bacon.
We’ve moved on from discomfort or embarrassment about using technology to connect with other people.
There’s a whole generation of millennials who use dating apps as a matter of course, and it makes sense that we think a bigger pool increases the likelihood of finding someone we’re actually compatible with.
Surely, I thought, being able to “swipe” through potential prospects prior to meeting them would minimise the agonising tension of rejecting or being rejected face-to-face, and eliminate complete mismatches.
Online and app-based dating has changed the way we interact with each other.
Everyone is generally braver and less accountable online – more likely to communicate with others in a way that we would certainly hesitate to when faced with that person looking directly at us in conversation.
It seems that in searching for Mister (or Ms.) Right, we often ignore the potential of Mister Right In Front Of Us.
In one sense, online dating platforms have done much good.
In the real world, a man who walks up to almost every woman in a bar and shouts ‘SEX?
’ in an enquiring tone would be interpreted as undesirable at a minimum, and certainly go home alone.
We create online dating profiles with a strong idea of the sorts of characteristics we want our future partner to have, and we swipe through the available options with these characteristics in mind.