Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Foray Into Internet Dating

I know what you're thinking:

"But Tina, you're so awesome and cool. How are you single?!"

My answer:


Yet, I am still single, and now that I'm not in college anymore it's become a little harder to meet new people. Throw on top of that the fact that I am self employed, and it makes meeting people even tougher. This is why I decided to try internet dating.

Being the frugal person that I am, I went with a free dating site. I'll refrain from saying which one, but I had heard good things about it. I went online and made a profile. I made sure to include nice pics of myself and a good description.

About 5 minutes after completeing my profile I started to get messages. I quickly realized there were three distinct groups of guys messaging me:

The guy who sees a picture of a hispanic girl

and immediatly pulls out all the Spanish he knows.

Key words usually include: Holla, bonita, and chica.

Amazingly I didn't message this guy back.

Though the wife beater shirt in his profile pic made him hard to resist.

Next we have the ghetto fabulous guy. Did you notice his name is "Mr. Swagg"?

Included in this group are people who send messages that say "Hey" or "Sup" and nothing else.

Also included are people who use "u" instead of "you" or "ur" instead of "you're".

I'm by no means a grammar Nazi, but if on your first impression you can't be bothered to type full words, I don't really see a future there.

The last group of guys messaging me are the "seemingly normal".

This group of men seem to have their shit together. They have steady jobs, they use full sentences. It's quite exciting to get a message like this, because they are few and far between. However, there is a reason this group is called "seemingly normal" and not just "normal".

I chatted with one fella, let's call him "John". John was a teacher, he seemed nice enough. After two days of messaging I suggested we meet for coffee. He said that he wouldn't feel comfortable meeting me alone, and he wanted to bring a friend along. Umm, what? I told him that I would probably feel uncomfortable in that situation. He tried to explain that his parents didn't allow him to meet people he met online.

Let me repeat that. HIS PARENTS DIDN'T ALLOW HIM...

Aaaaaaand, that was the end of that.

I'm not sure if I will continue to "internet date". I've actually yet to go on an actual date with anyone. I suppose if nothing else, they make fun stories.


Tina Marie