I’m not doing internet dating,’ says my friend Kelly. ‘The internet is full of freaks.’
To which I can only respond, ‘Hmmmmm.’
Let’s think about that statement for a moment, remembering that the year is 2012 and not 1994 when the internet was the domain of crusty computer scientists and Dungeon Masters in Dungeons and Dragons.
I use the internet, all my friends use the internet, even my ninety-six year old grandfather uses the internet. And, if you’re reading this article, you use the internet too. So will all the freaks among you please raise your hands?
‘But I’m not a bottom feeder,’ is the typical response from another friend when I suggested she search for Mr Right online.
Um, yeah, that makes sense. I’m astounded by how many people who are looking for love are prepared to look everywhere except internet dating websites. When we spend a good chunk of our day pimping our Facebook profiles, tweeting about everything from what we are eating for lunch to how we feel about Gina Rinehart, booking holidays, renting houses, and reading restaurant reviews, why do we still think that internet dating is for losers?
As a veteran internet dater who had a handful of fun dates, one great relationship and one marriage (not at the same time), the people who make these comments are looking at this all wrong.