When I was younger/in a long term relationship with someone I met at Uni, I thought that online dating was TOTALLY LAME AND FOR LOSERS, OMG. I was pretty sure that I’d never need to pay a website to find me a boyfriend, because I was really cool and stuff, and surely it’s totes easy to meet people, right?
What an idiot.
When you don’t go to an educational establishment or (possibly, I don’t know) work for a massive company, there is NOWHERE TO MEET PEOPLE. You can’t do it. I always assumed that friends could hook me up with guys. I’ve been close to these people for about 10 years. Exactly where did I imagine that they were going to summon hot, normal men for me from?
I’ll let you imagine your own visual for that one.
A lot of people take up hobbies for the purposes of meeting people to share sexy fun times with. This can work – I have a (male) friend who got a lot of ass from joining a salsa class. But my life is FULL, and hobbies are, in my head, a place to unwind and not care if you look like a prick (running, yay!) not, like, an audition.
This leaves you with online. It’s the most efficient way. When I told my Mum about OK Cupid, she said it was a great idea, and kind of implied that it sounded like ebay, but for sex. Yes! Yes it is! The internet is where I do everything, from shopping to socialising to trying to work out the meaning of my life, and finding someone to flirt with over a pint is no exception.
This is me and Paul. We met on OK Cupid, over a year ago. Sometimes when I think about him, my face starts hurting and I wonder why and it’s because I’m smiling so much. Thank you, the Internet. I love you, the Internet. You are my valentine.