The only thing this woman and I have in common is that we’re both vertebrates.” The process of looking for romance has always consisted of casting a net and pulling it in, casting and pulling. One of the rewards of connecting with women online is hearing them complain about men who are not me.When you use a website, you’re just able to do that a lot more efficiently — or at least cover more of the ocean so you pull in that many more tuna and catfish and grouper and shark. Apparently a disproportionate number of male photos are selfies — sometimes shirtless — taken in bathrooms.One woman comments dryly that a typical message consists, in its entirety, of “Hi, their!”How women present themselves is a topic about which I can speak more knowledgeably.
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Accompanying photos occasionally include kids and pets and sometimes are taken in (and of) exotic lands, the point apparently being to make the rest of us depressed about the repetitive, prosaic, embarrassingly local lives we — and apparently only we — are leading.
Most of all, it seems that every woman, regardless of age, despises the indoors.
Perhaps they watch on their phones while they’re running, skiing, and hiking.
What makes online dating so frustrating isn’t the exaggeration, it’s that you’re participating in a depressing hierarchy of desirability — a daisy chain of quiet rejection. We have the luxury of being less goal-oriented, the same way we’ve learned to be about sex.