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The first time I entered into a relationship of any ificance with someone I'd met on a dating site, he insisted we construct an elaborate backstory — complete with mutual friends, missed connections, and other tales of suspicious derring-do — to unload on anyone who dared to ask us "Where did you meet?
Evidently, the horror of admitting that — as two time-poor, relatively socially anxious people — it made sense to date online, was just too awful to comprehend. Look, I've had a lot of therapy since then. Flash forward a decade and a half and it seems things have only changed incrementally. Tinder and its associated app-based dating facilitators have entered the collective unconscious to the point that we might not necessarily cringe about "my Tinder date", or "new Tinder profile photo", but it appears that — once casual dating becomes a relationship — we're still reticent to admit we "met online".
A survey released this week by data and analytics group YouGov revealed 53 per cent of Millennials would be embarrassed to admit they met someone online — even though the same demographic are the most enthusiastic users of online dating and dating apps. This is also despite the fact that 73 per cent of Australians surveyed said they wouldn't think any differently of a couple who met "online".
It's fascinating, then, to think those younger people who came of age with smartphones in their hands still confess to finding online dating a bit embarrassing. Despite record levels of internet and smartphone use, there's clearly still something about "having to" engage in online dating that stings a little. As someone who enthusiastically embraced online dating, and who also maintained "internet friendships" with pen-pals overseas, I've long been aware of the cultural differences between international users and Australians.
In busy cities like Los Angeles and New York, it was just another way to streamline your social life: set up the dates online, whack them in the planner, and carry on with your life. Those who did seem to embrace online dating here seemed assuming they weren't lying about their work to already spent a lot of time in front of screens: writers, tech developers, analysts, academics.
Enthusiasm for internet dating in the broader population seemed to be thin on the ground here, though; and there still lingers a sense that dating online in Australia is a last resort, something that was fine for those weirdos who already hung out online, but not something that "normal" people needed to engage in.
Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg's great book Modern Romance touches on this: "Their fear is that using an online site means that they were somehow not attractive or desirable enough to meet people through traditional means. A post shared by azizansari on Apr 16, at pm PDT. In the context of dating, "traditional" might mean a dinner party, at a bar or concert, or through friends. But when was the last time you went to a dinner party? Surely online dating is, at this point, just another "traditional mean[s]". However we feel about its role in keeping us trapped in the hell furnace of late capitalism, we must surely be able to admit that the online "world" is a huge part of life in It's prudent, as Ansari suggests in Modern Romance, to think of dating apps and sites as being more about "introductions" rather than necessarily relationships or romances: an additional way, along with those other "traditional means", to meet people.
As for me, I no longer date online, but not because of any sense of embarrassment. Instead, I realised that, as a relatively complex person, there was no way to accurately represent myself through a collection of text and images; there was always some aspect of my personality that was a "surprise" usually a bad one to my dates and partners. I'm sure this is the same for most people. You focus on your idea of how other people should perceive you. But I think that's not how love functions, even at the very simple level. There must be some tiny small disturbing element, and it is only through noticing this element that you say, 'But in spite of that imperfection, I love him or her'.
Maybe, then, just maybe, that's the truth behind our embarrassment about online dating: we know that, on some level, it's all just a facade. An algorithm might lead us to believe that we're a perfect match with someone something that a dear friend, who OkCupid once declared was a 90 per cent match for me, and I have laughed about at length , but it's only "IRL" that love can truly bloom. Tinder cringe: Why we're still embarrassed to admit we've found love online. Clem Bastow , Nov 24 There's still a feeling that it's not something normal people need to do, it's a last resort for weirdos.Embarrassed to join dating site
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