I almost never met George, my travel partner and now husband. When he first emailed me, I liked his photo and his profile. But I had been on dozens of first dates with not one second date and needed a rest from online dating and unfulfilled high expectations.
We're the generation that changed the politico-socio-sexual attitudes of the entire free world in the sixties, so smoothing out our dating behavior would seem easy in comparison. Finger pointing won't help because we're all flawed. Dating isn't supposed to be a contact sport, and being able to see the unique person beyond their imperfections only requires a mirror.
Does being a single parent put you in the penalty box or sidelines when it comes to dating? Here are three common "fouls" and how to re-play them and win!
I was pleased to learn that the latest popular dating app, Tinder, now has an Android client. Besides forcing me to reactivate my Facebook account, it seems simple enough. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that this was going to turn in to a massive time sink. Perhaps, I thought, I could optimize it?
In the courting phase, if you have to ask me to split a check, or invite me to go away with you for any kind of a day trip or other out of the city adventure, then need to ask me to split the expense, we are not a match.
Those disillusioned with the online dating experience -- or who don't want to meet the love of their life at a college dorm party with Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" thumping in the background like I did -- should volunteer.
Due to the funky mathematics of the Hebrew and secular calendars, this holiday blend has never happened before, and won't happen again for some 77,000 years. Like true love, it appears Thanksgivukkah only comes around once in a lifetime.
Controversial tactics are par for the course in politics. Businesses, including online dating sites, do not often make political statements to attract customers. Exceptions to every rule, however, exist.
Early last month I had dinner with my good buddies Denis and Jason. True romantics, they're both in enduring monogamous relationships. The meal was going rather well until, in unison, they asked, "So when are you gonna find a man?"
When meeting a romantic contender in the "real world," there's at least a grain of amorous interest that, ideally, keeps either party from running for the door when they discover the other's employment situation is in shambles.
Because many women have been raised to think "catching a man" is their top objective, women often approach dating as a prolonged marketing campaign. By spending your time trying to sell, you forget to consider whether you're interested in buying.
You know the saying... A picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true when it comes to online dating sites. Like it or not, we are visual beings. That's why it is so important to have a great picture representing the real you online. It is the key for opening the door to being contacted on dating sites.
The mass consumption of love makes us all out to be generic products, itemized by size and shape, listed with some amalgamation of ingredients, and requesting to be sampled. The more you look, the more they all sound the same, so you figure you'll try a bunch of people out.
When I began online dating in 2001, it was so taboo I couldn't even tell my BFF. One time my secret slipped out and she lectured me about how I could be raped in a back alley (...of the suburbs). Needless to say, being an early adopter at 19 posed a lot of problems.
If a date didn't like my everyday appearance, it was better for us to move along, anyway. My husband and I occasionally dress up for date nights, but prefer to spend our time at home in sweatpants.
Francesca Hogi is more than just a matchmaker. She will literally pound the pavement to find matches for her clients. As a former lawyer, "Survivor" contestant and lifelong romantic, Hogi has what it takes to help singles stop relying on chance meetings to find their destinies.