An article in today’s paper takes a swipe at dating web sites, basically suggesting that the people who use them are either boring and/or weirdos, and that’s why they can’t meet anybody in real life. I think that’s a little unfair.

Okay, I admit it, my view is probably a little skewed, especially today. I realised I’ve been single on the last four Valentine’s Days. Yeah, get out the violins.

Sure, some of the people on there probably are boring and/or weirdos, but some aren’t. Personally, I’m terrible at meeting people in real life. No, really bad. I have the type of shyness which means I’m hopeless at introducing myself to strangers. If I’m introduced, than that’s fine, once I get talking I’ll chatter way like anything. But it’s that first step which cripples me in the game of lurve.

Maybe my confidence has improved a bit since I was last single, but right now I don’t exactly feel like going out cruising bars. Apart from feeling distinctly uncomfortable in that sort of environment, I also find the smoke really irritating. Maybe that’s why the article mentioned most of the people on the dating sites are non-smokers – they don’t like it either? I reckon someone who opened a smoke-free bar would make stacks of money.

What surprised me about the article is that the journo was cruel enough to single out an individual woman’s profile in the article, even quoting her nickname, and making fun of her favourite music. I checked on the site, and sure enough found her profile. I wonder if she read the paper today. To my mind it’s a little cruel to do that – even if she did put down Celine Dion as a favourite!

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.