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Online Dating Increases Your Odds

If you have been hoping you would run into the partner of your dreams at Target, or The Home Depot (because scoring a guy who can fix stuff is a total bonus), your chances are not so good. But, if you put a profile up on one of the many dating websites (try one of the free ones to start like Casual Kiss, Plenty of Fish, or OKCupid), your chances of meeting an eligible single man or woman increase exponentially.

Right now, there are more than 42 million singles looking for long term relationships on all the dating websites. There are not even close to 42 million single people shopping at your local Home Depot right now.

Plus, when you try to find your soul mate in person, you are usually working within a limited radius of your home, work, restaurants and anywhere else you go within driving distance. When you search for your soul mate online, you can look anywhere. Set your parameters to a 30-mile radius or a 300-mile radius. It’s your choice. Besides, what are the odds that the man or woman of your dreams lives within the same 20-mile radius as you do, shops at the same grocery store at the exact same time as you, and has dinner at the same restaurants? You have a better chance of running into an elephant when you are hiking up the side of a mountain. Or, getting eaten by an alligator in the desert. Or, encountering a dolphin in the middle of Wisconsin. You get the idea.

Normally, I would advise you to forge your own path in life; take the road less traveled; stop following the masses. But, in the case of online dating, it appears that the masses know what they are talking about. Besides, you have nothing to lose except another Friday night at home, watching reruns of Sex and the City with your cat. If you can’t beat ‘em, maybe it’s time to join ‘em.

If you missed it, read Part 1 of this article here.

Check out my Single Parenting column here.

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