When you are over a certain age and have been single for a while, unsolicited advice about how to meet someone seems to come from everywhere. And the majority of this advice includes the phrase “you should try online dating!” Unwillingly to shell out another $59.95 a month for more eHarmony disappointment, I decided to give free online dating sites a shot. I created profiles for myself on OkCupid and Plenty of Fish to see what they had to offer (spoiler alert: not much). Let’s start with my experience on Plenty of Fish.
The quality of guys on Plenty of Fish seems to range somewhere between kinda creepy and serial killer. Something about interacting with people on this site makes me want to stock up on pepper spray and tasers. Most of the messages I received consisted of one or two words including – “Nice,” “You Sexy,” “SupSexy” and “Hot!” (I’ll note that my profile picture is from a baby shower, so it’s not like I’m wearing anything revealing). These guys think that you should be up for meeting them just because they sent you a selfie they took in their bathroom mirror. It’s gross. [click to continue…]
Thank you, Yahoo! Shine for posting an article about the “10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Singles.” I’ve seen these articles about the things you shouldn’t say to a bride, pregnant woman or mom, so it was refreshing to see an article that acknowledges the dumb things that people say to singles. Whether someone’s been married for 30 years or three months, I feel like they’re prone to “married person amnesia” that makes them forget about what it was truly like to be single.
I’ve noticed that as I get closer to 30, there’s a lot more unsolicited advice and questioning about my marital status (or lack thereof), so it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who hates hearing these things. Here are some of the things that especially irk me:
1. “Why aren’t you married?”
I get this one a lot. Whether it’s from a family member or a stranger, I stumble over what to say. “Guess it’s not my time yet” is what normally comes out, but “none of your freakin’ business” is what I’m really thinking.
2. “Have you tried online dating?”
This one is especially bad when it comes from the over 50 crowd that’s been married since high school. Online dating looks awesome in commercials. But it was a sad, yet hilarious, experience for me that didn’t yield any dates. It’s great that it worked for your co-worker, niece, sister, cousin, etc., but I’m not doing it again anytime soon.
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