After discussions with some friends and input from a few lovely readers and twitter followers, I decided to take a risk and sign up for eHarmony. With some liquid courage in the form of Chardonnay, I took the assessment, pulled out my credit card and became a 3-month subscriber. I’m going to trust my usually wise friends about doing this, but I’m feeling a little regret about shelling out more than $100 for a dating site. I’ve heard the rationalization that you can even out that cost with the free meals you’ll get on dates, but I’m not so sure I want to meet most of the men who have made their way to the “My Matches” section of my page.
Since this is a 72 hour phenomena for me, it’s probably too soon to start complaining about it being a big waste of money, so I’ll just leave you with my first impressions:
- Do people not have friends who can take pictures for them? You, taking a picture of yourself in your bathroom mirror = not attractive.
- Are men on eHarmony shorter than men in the normal population? I’m only 5’6, but it seems like I might tower over most of these guys if we were to meet in person.
- If you put something on your profile that makes you easy to google, maybe you should change that. Especially when a website that divulges your criminal history is the second thing that comes up about you.
- Is it shallow of me to want to archive matches if the guy is wearing a football jersey (and clearly not an athlete), mock turtlenecks or sunglasses indoors? For some reason these clothing choices make me cringe.
- what do people have against capitalization? there are a lot of men who don’t believe in using the shift key when they write their profiles.
- And what do people have against proofreading? So you work in “manufactoring” and live in “Atalanta?”
I know I’m not perfect and there may be something on my profile that annoys someone out there, but wow…this could be a long three months. If you’ve tried online dating, I’d love your advice. Speak up! I want to hear the good, bad and the ugly.