So the "bar scene" is the only alternative to online dating you can think of?
I met my wife in college -- you know, while going about my daily business. My brother-in-law met his wife through an online dating site. I agree with the comment above: pretty lazy article -- a subject not hardly worth fussing over in the first place, with a few, poor arguments against it thrown in at the end. Can we get over the old, sophomoric lamentation of the internet being a scary modern phenomenon that's making everything too easy and too fast?
Before the internet were the "lonely hearts" columns of the newspapers, which served the same purpose but at the speed of snail mail.
Folks used to be embarrassed to admit using those ads, too.
Nope; just a couple of taps on your keyboard and presto: Janine appears on your screen to tell you that she loves to laugh, isn't needy, loves her children more than life itself, and can find time to fit you into her mind-boggling schedule.In fact, one woman admonished him for not posting a picture: "If I have to put one up there you should to," she said.Online dating is also convenient, or I should say as convenient as you'd like it to be.A few e-mails and a telephone call or two will allow your personality to work for you—a real plus.In the bar scene it's all about your looks; you don't have the luxury of putting your best picture out there because—you're out there—in the flesh.In my zeal to find out as much about Andy's good fortune as possible I innocently asked: "So, how'd you two meet? Realizing I stepped into something awkward I thought to myself: OMG they met in prison; or on a street corner.After a few seconds passed and all of our skin tones returned to a normal light pinkish color Carol responded: "Well, uh, we met online...that's right...online...the computer." Okay, so it was a pretty good impression of Annie Hall, but why all the fuss? Why are people embarrassed to admit they use this remarkable invention?Most people I've interviewed prefer online dating to the bar scene because online dating offers a better chance of getting a first date.Post a reasonably attractive picture, sell your life's resume, and wait for the solicitations to pour in.I just ran into my buddy Andy at a restaurant-—the kind of hip place you'd take a first date to impress her.Knowing he'd gone through a difficult divorce—one he didn't really want—I was pleased when he immediately introduced me to his new girlfriend, Carol. Andy and Carol turned to one another and began mumbling something indecipherable for what seemed to be an eternity.