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Online dating: Convenient or lazy?

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Forty million people are doing it, so it must work, right? And that’s just the number of people in the United States who have tried searching online for their soul mate. Other categories become available once you register on certain sites such as “hang out” or “not looking for anything serious.” Apparently if you choose to check one of those boxes, you invite anyone to view your profile for any number of reasons.

Maybe that’s what some people want from an online dating site, to open themselves up to an array of options to date, to hook-up, or to just make friends. But most people sign up and create a very personal profile including photos, body type, and even salary information, in the hopes that they will meet “Mr. or Mrs. Right.”

So what do most people encounter when they first create an online dating profile? Well, one can expect an onslaught of messages and “winks” or “flirts” depending on which site you are on, from existing members who are so starving for fresh meat that they rush to make your acquaintance before the slew of other hungry wolves waiting in line can impress you first.

Then, as time passes and you send some messages and chat a little, and maybe even give out your phone number, you’ll find that there are a lot more freaks on the site than there are potential love matches.

Online dating is an easy, correction, lazy way to put yourself “out there” without making any effort at all, or even getting your sweatpants-covered butt off the couch. Connecting with people online, after showcasing your most flattering photos and amazing personality traits, can seem convenient, but perhaps you should throw on a nice pair of jeans, turn off your computer and participate in your life.

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