One of my favorite cartoons in the New Yorker had a photo of a dog talking to a cat on the internet. The caption read, “You can be anyone you want to on the internet.”
*Not that long ago, the common assumption was that anyone who’d turn to their computer for love had to be a pathetic loser who couldn’t get a date. More recently, with the Internet changing everything from the way we shop to the way we find driving directions, cyberspace has become the hottest pick-up joint on the planet.
We live in a world that is used to instant gratification and technology is playing a bigger part in our daily lives including the way we date. Online dating web sites are more popular than ever, and they’re also becoming increasingly complex, offering intricate searching methods, instant messaging capabilities and the use of audio and video. Some services have you fill out extensive questionnaires that “predict” compatibility with other members while some sites target very specific communities.
If you take this route, of key-stroking your way through a virtual crowd, finding the right match can feel like you’re looking for love in the phone book. In the end, decisions are made almost exclusively based on a photo.
*Excerpt from: http://www.internetdatingstories.com/