Jay Cronley: Dating sites feature all beauties, no beasts
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Sunday, July 22, 2012
7/22/12 at 4:34 AM
From a single writer's perspective, the following appeared to be a great story just waiting to develop legs.
It was a tale of well-read and well-thought and attractively presented women, acres of them, up front and personal about their hobbies and habits and desires - page after page of the kind of person you'd be proud to present to the best of your inner circle.
Pretty faces: There was only one potential catch: These people were alive on the Internet, where sometimes a photograph might have been plucked from the past, where many words came from the anonymous, where the only thing you could trust for sure was the date and approximate temperature.
For weeks, attractive local faces from a dating service had popped up on the side of a search engine page. There were few if any faces frozen in time by the plastic doctor, no lips that seemed to have been inflated, few piercing displays that cut your breath short.
For about $30 a month, a person could join this club.
For about $30 a month, a person could get a good feel for the mood of the community and area.
Beware: Meeting on the Internet probably makes more sense than used to be the case.
Who needs bars?
People are busy and want to limit the time spent on dopes to a minimum.
To have any success in a relationship, the introductory period should be honest and heartfelt. Yet on the Internet, you could be sharing with a lunatic.
Scam warnings are everywhere.
Yet people of all ages have lined up with their photos and nicknames to see if they could be walking around lucky without even knowing it when it comes to meeting that special one.
Most of the single women engaged in Internet searches for friends, or more, come across as honest and thoughtful and kind almost beyond belief.
It's like flipping through an updated high school or college yearbook.
Carefully considered pictures are of kids and pets and trips and Christmas. Favored things are travel, art, reading and senses of humor.
Lots admit to being social drinkers. Nobody says I'm a drunk.
Obviously the scam warnings are for the males.
Far and away the majority of the women looking for a little something more are divorced.
This raises the question: In a market this size, could there actually be that many dumb ex-husbands?
Original Print Headline: Dating sites feature all beauties, no beasts