Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Before internet dating, classified ads were skimpy for a reason.

Before internet dating sites, there was the meet-a-mate classified ads in newspapers. Back then, one had to pay by the word so the ads were usually pretty short. Like sound bytes. I wasn't into dating partially for that reason. Then when the internet got popular with it's unlimited space for messages and descriptions, I thought that would solve a lot of the problems that people going on dates face. Better, more detailed descriptions. One would know the person better before going on the date. Well, I guess that isn't really happening. The descriptions still tend to be quick. Maybe it's even moving faster now than before. I'm not into dating so I wouldn't know except just from what I can gather. There was also meeting in bars, back then, which encouraged alcohol use. I guess that's still happening to some extent now.

Ironically, the concept of life long committed relationships is often based on superficial things like first impressions. Another problem with dating is how competitive it can be. I think of the phrase, "the early bird gets the worm." Things can move pretty fast. Quite often people fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat.