What’s the greatest technological advance in my lifetime? Auto air-conditioning and the PVR would certainly be in the top five, along with knee replacements. But the most important development that has affected my life has to be The Internet … without question.
MacLean’s nailed it with their recent cover story called The Catch, about online dating. I pause here to remind everyone that the digital world is filled with all sorts of danger, especially when it comes to hooking up with others. That said, if you exercise caution and common sense, it is the best possible way to find a partner.
I speak from much experience. Almost every woman I’ve met over the past decade has been someone I connected with on a website. The story has a wonderful happy ending. Her name is Janice and we are entering our so-called golden years together in the most wonderfully committed partnership that I could have ever imagined.
We met on a popular website, created by a Canadian, called Plenty of Fish, as in “there are plenty of fish in the sea”. Both of us had met many others before connecting, and we learned some valuable lessons. One of the most important .. start with friendship and be realistic about your expectations. Many of us have heard scary stories about supposedly intelligent, sensible people who packed up their lives in this country, and moved in with someone thousands of miles away. Some basic ‘due diligence’ was clearly lacking in these cases.
The MacLean’s story spent a lot of time on claims by organizations like e Harmony that it’s their computer algorithms that make all the difference in determining a successful match. I say Horsefeathers !
The most important thing a dating site can do is enable you to meet someone who also “wants to meet someone”. The rest is up to the two of you.
Be careful out there, and Happy Valentine’s Day.
I’m Roger Currie
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