I am a woman who loathes romance novels and films , but loves martial arts revenge films. I am not saying this to be funny. You should absolutely put that in your profile. You will get more messages juvenile and otherwise , almost guaranteed. While I certainly appreciate the desire to write about the travails of online dating I find your claim that this is the whole story from the male and female perspectives to be laughable.
The whole story is likely impossible to tell but any story told from the perspective of two individuals to describe the experience of tens of millions of people is bound to be a bit shortsighted. I think that a large part of the problem with online dating is how we view ourselves and others. The vast majority of profiles I've seen read like job applications.
It seems as if a healthy smattering of keywords is all that is required to share who we are as individuals. The majority of profiles are as similar as mainstream medias concept of beauty. In the end there isn't much to differentiate one profile from another. On rare occasions someone has shown a willingness to write something unique. A rare individual that is capable of thinking for themselves and doesn't feel the need to be a carbon copy of what society tells us are our desirable traits.
Of the hundreds of profiles I've viewed this past few years I have come across a handful less than 10 and closer to 5 of women that stand apart from the crowd. That is a very desirable trait in my search. A few years ago I had a profile on okcupid. I uploaded a few decent pictures of myself. I received a lot of views and a decent amount of messages. A year ago I created a new profile on okcupid and uploaded one picture that makes it somewhat more difficult to tell what I look like. This time around I've received considerably less profile views and considerably less messages.
I have no way of knowing how okcupid may treat my profile due to this difference but I have experienced enough to know that women just like men are swayed by physical appearance. Fortunately i am content with who I am as a person and recognize that at this stage of my life I am looking for a woman to connect with intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Certainly for myself physical attraction is important but it has moved from the top of my list to the bottom. I wish I could state that my shifting ideals have made it easier to find potential partners but in reality it is now immeasurably more difficult. In a society that values shallow beliefs, physical beauty, and cultural uniformity my attempt to find a truly unique individual has so far been unsuccessful.
Due to my differing belief system actually formed by myself through a couple decades of searching both inside and out utilizing the internet to find a partner provides slightly better odds than winning the lottery without buying a ticket.
To those still looking. May your search prove fruitful and may you not only find a partner but perhaps yourself along the way. What an intelligent, well-crafted description.
I have to ask, I really have to, but I already know the answer: Where are the men who treat words this way? You would think they would know how to treat a woman, too. Obviously not on Websites, which is why there is hope in this world, that past the wave of flat, online-dating lameness perhaps people will once again resort to real Life to get one Thank you, this is refreshing.
It has become clear to me with the passing of the years that my knowledge and understanding are very limited much to my own consternation. However I will do my best to explain the situation as I see it. My answer will likely seem off topic and possibly confusing. Unfortunately the real issue, as is almost always the case with problems we are facing today, exists far beyond the usual scope of answers proffered.
For a large society to function social stratification must be present. When a population expands beyond a relatively small number it is impossible for everyone to have an equal voice as the time and energy requirements would preclude the accomplishment of the necessary workloads. To skirt this issue society requires managerial positions and base labor or worker positions. Just as managers help organize workers the governing of society requires the same type of organization.
The answer to this problem would seem to lie in providing an equal education for all. That answer provides a couple glaring issues. First off it is important to recognize that those in positions of prestige will seek to maintain their position and furthermore will seek to promote the inclusion of their offspring into similar positions. Secondly our education system isn't so much a system of learning as it is a system of training.
For our society to function we require managers and workers. If our education system really sought to equalize knowledge our current system would cease to exist. Instead our education system is designed to separate gifted from normal students as potential managers versus the working class.
The design of our education system clearly has its roots in the workings of industry. Teach children to be on time and ready for a full days learning. Teach children to submit to authority early teacher so as to be prepared to submit to those in managerial positions later on.
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Teach children to seek out permission in regards to bodily functions so as to further separate them from the ability to govern themselves. Likewise our education system separates children from families to further degrade our communal nature including compassion and empathy and therefore connection to each other. This is where it gets interesting.
Consider what we've done so far. Now I'd ask that you reconsider your question. If your question was based upon a society of equals who were all knowledgeable, reasonable, autonomous and yet cooperative we could easily reason that people would treat each other with kindness and respect. However we've created a system of inequality in which the common citizen holds little if any power and instead lives by the whims of society at large. This system promotes competition as it is undeniably preferable to gain power and move up the social ladder.
My contention is that inequality and competition are the precursors of societies ills. Men mistreating women certainly but more to the point people mistreating each other for gain.
It seems odd to think that men seeking a partner would act as many so often do but it is important to remember we're not dealing with intellectually compassionate equals. We're dealing with generations of people that have been bred to compete with one another and ultimately not see each other as equals but as enemies of a sort. We're not killing each other for the most part at least within our own society but we are competing for limited resources to our own detriment.
It is important to note that women are playing their own role in this game of losers. Women by evolutionary design primarily revolving around the unequal distribution of effort regarding procreation seek out comfort and safety which play into the unequal distribution of power and wealth.
Early on men realize their ability to find a partner directly correlates to their ability to acquire wealth so as to be a better provider of safety and comfort for a wife and any potential offspring. While it is true a poor man can find a partner it should come as no surprise that the greater wealth a man possesses the more opportunities he has to find a desirable mate.
So we are left with a very complicated answer to what seems like a reasonably simple question. Unfortunately we are dealing with complex systems based upon an unequal distribution of wealth, power and knowledge. My explanation is quite limited in its scope but explains the answer as I see it. Unfortunately the answer I've given also infers similar issues with offline dating as ultimately this has little to do with the internet and more to do with society.
The internet plays its own role in this debacle with its inherent anonymity further allowing a debasement of the civilized forms of respect we've come to accept as normal. Consider for instance civilization isn't so much truly civil as it is civil within the confines of its power structures. Also I can attest to the fact that I currently hold an account on okcupid. I am currently looking for a partner. I have also chosen to abstain from competition regarding wealth and power and instead am attempting to find a place on the fringes of society where I can be myself without harming others.
I own very little, earn very little, and struggle to find women willing to get to know someone in my societal position as a potential partner. Certainly there are many good women open to dating a man such as myself but the difficulty is increased immensely.
I have to be honest, your reply, while very interesting on societal analysis level, in very interesting, but it is indeed slightly off topic. I am just surprised, being that Website dating starts with writing and pictures, that men put so little effort in writing.
It would be like going to a date wearing really sloppy clothes. My question was not based upon a society of equals, but it was based on a society where all have access to school, which is the case in the US. However biased the system is, we all have choices and access to literacy regardless of gender.
I was also not considering dating based on a marketing transaction -men with fat bank accounts and women stuck in comfort zones- but based on feelings and building a life with someone of the opposite sex because when you're with that person, you don't feel like you need or wish to be anywhere else.
And that has absolutely nothing to do with bank accounts and comfort zones. But in this country, everything revolves around marketing laws, including what cannot be bought, sold, or quantified.
Which is why I don't have an account, because dating accounts are marketing tools, too. That said, you might run into a human being on one of them at some point, because anything is possible. I really appreciate your succinct description of our issues with marketing in all facets of our life.
Regarding the point you have made in regards to how little effort men put into writing as a means of sharing their true selves I would like to suggest that the issue is not limited to men. I've perused hundreds of women's profiles and I can attest that it is a rare person that writes of themselves in a fashion that isn't simply a marketing job.
The vast majority of women's profiles read exactly like a job application. I don't believe the issue has to do with literacy per se. Instead I believe the issue lies with the individuals capacity to think for themselves. I mentioned education as I believe a large part of the intended goal is to afford people the ability to receive instruction.
As opposed to being able to decide whether or not they should be following the instructions. My most recent relationship was with an intelligent and compassionate woman who received a Waldorf education and in turn taught at the Waldorf Highschool she attended. She repeatedly informed me in our year and a half together that she wasn't comfortable with showing me her true self.
Instead she often acted in ways to impress me. Even after we'd been together over a year she was still putting on airs. Certainly this could be attributed to my actions. However having lived through the experience I can attest that I strove to make her feel loved and accepted as she was. Ultimately what I've come to understand is that she has not yet learned to accept herself.
I believe this is incredibly common in our society. After all our marketing systems have done a very thorough job of setting impossible and often inane ideals and as we are both aware the primary victims are women.
For someone to truly connect with another person and feel completely content with another they must first know and accept themselves. In my forty plus years in America I believe that to be a rarity. I have known people of all ages including countless couples who seem to have a better grasp on celebrities lives than they do on their own.
I can count perhaps a handful of people I've met who have formed their own systems of belief. The vast majority have simply accepted whatever belief system they were fed without question. It seems as if very few people have done the internal work required to truly know oneself. That was one of the main points I was attempting to get across. My long winded explanation may have been an ineffectual attempt at explaining my reasoning behind this issue. Thank you for sharing your insight and reasoning behind your disinterest in online dating.
In regards to myself I have done a lot of work to understand the world in my own fashion as opposed to what I was taught. My dating profile is quite lengthy and is intended to share who I am as a human being in hopes of finding someone that has done similar work. What I have shared of myself also has the benefit of eliminating a lot of potential conflicts that typically arise in conversations with people as part of the process of getting to know one another.
I have no way of knowing whether or not any of this matters but I figured that trying a new tact certainly cannot cause me to be more single than I already am.
I wonder if the information provided about there being more men than women is for a particular age group? I am reasonably attractive and several of my photos were taken by a professional not altered in any way-I wanted it to be clear that they are really like me and give the date taken.
I've put a lot of effort into my profile so that it gives unique info about me and describes the qualities of a good guy are to me and despite having at least one hundred matches in my region I haven't received any communication sincc e the first week when 2 men contacted me with questions. So I have communicated with several men. Are all the men contacting the same small subset of women or are they to lazy to communicate at all. Several of the men I communicated with then viewed my profile and neither responded or blocked me.
It takes only 2 clicks to block a profile. I find it inconsiderate. I think I'll connect with you Intellectually. It remains to be seen if I'll also connect spiritualily and emotionally. I'm 19 going on 20 and the first messages are from guys way older than me at 30 and up to their 50's.
Where are the dudes closer to my age!
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Seriously why, Even when I dont have a picture Well, some men prefer younger women maybe for their youth or maybe they feel they can manipulate them before they get older? Some older women are bitter after a divorce or bad relationships with bad men could be another reason. I am almost 53 and no offense prefer women around my own age, say 47 to I have had younger women in their early 20's to 30's interested on Match: I was married for 24 years, been divorced 3 years.
I am 5'7 in shape and the dating world seems wicked since I was married and I have dated some attractive ladies. It does work but the odds are seriously stacked against men. Women, if they know their value and are pretty, want Superman. They block or ignore them Online dating sucks for men. Women have to weed through the countless messages determining who the winner is. Pretty accurate assessment when it comes to men. Let's cut to the chase. I have been on and off dating sites for 8 years.
Had a couple of relationships but from women, here are some of what I get regularly: To attract men, the majority of women describe themselves as "athletic and toned", "liberal", "love the outdoors" and most of them kayak, mountain climb, zip line, hang glide, parachute, run marathons, swim, etc. When do they find time for a relationship? I don't think that many men on these sites fit that criteria.
Men also exchange messages online and all of a sudden it goes dead but women are online still talking with others but not responding to your last message I have read "no receding hairlines", "no skin problems", "no facial hair", "only vegans should write back", "if you did not vote for Barack Obama don't bother replying", "if you are voting for Trump please don't email me", "no men with brown eyes", "only blue eyes please" and even "if you have toe nail fungus don't bother contacting me".
I could write a book. BTW, these same women call themselves "down to earth" and "looking for a great guy who is thoughtful, caring, a good communicator, financially sound, etc. Myself, I have a great job, financially set, not picky, average looking, 5'7" pounds, etc. But women are looking for George Clooney, Brad Pitt hey ladies here is your chance I'd say caring who the person is going to vote for is important.
If you have liberal views you want someone else who does too. If you have conservative political views you might not get along with a liberal political view.
I personally don't even want to be friends with anyone who would vote for Trump. Why would I be willing to date someone who does? I think if it comes down to values and lifestyle choices, it's ok to state those.
But yes, requiring a specific height, hairline, etc is very silly. You also do have to be attracted to the person. As someone who has dated someone just because they like their personality and has tried to look past their appearance, I can tell you it has lead to be not wanting sex.
Now if the guy is ok with no sex, then sure it doesn't matter what someone looks like. But yeah media and society has screwed with both genders view on what is and isn't attractive and that can make online dating, and non-online dating very difficult. I dated a Liberal woman and no conflicts arose from our political differences.
I find it troubling you wouldn't even want to be friends with someone who would vote for Trump, or even someone who wouldn't be friends with another who voted for Hillary. You sound grossly intolerant of other people's views. You should be open to people with differing views than your own, otherwise you will fall into engaging in groupthink and confirmation bias.
In other words, you will not learn much in this world seeking out people who will just agree and affirm your opinions on life. You grow by seeking those out who can show you a different perspective. In my experience, I've found people like you frustrating to say the least.
My favorite moment is when they stop messaging in the middle of conversation. You try again and again but there is no response although she's online, like she had a heart attack suddenly. Another one is when they don't show up. First date and without any warning just no show. Then no response of course. Love those moments especially when they call men creeps. After several contacts like this in the row, men can start acting creepy, I guess.
They learn very quickly to not give any respect to women because they are not going to get it back even when everything is going very well. Well, I'm not there yet but I get pissed sometimes, it's nothing like in real life.
I never thought that beeing 5. Asking women to give you a chance and message you back after looking at your message and profile is like women asking you to message and reach out whenyou have zero attraction, nothing in common and zero interest in taking to. It goes both ways. Just because you're intrested and they aren't doesn't mean they want bad boys and smooth talkers.
Men you don't reach out to women you're not attracted to, don't except women to make the exceptions lol. The difference, Brooke, is that men find a wide variety of women attractive. Women all find the exact same men attractive. The popularity of online dating is increasing day by day as some of amazing apps are already out in the market. We can expect some more apps which will be safe and great to use in the future.
I know some girls might not want to hear or accept this but it's a reality. I'm not a pig and I have good intentions, I want nothing more than a real relationship with someone I'm mutually attracted to.
But if I can't have that I will take what I want and go from there. Ladies, my advice is if you take the best men available to you online this is likely to happen. Remember, we men are taking our best options because we're in a totally different ballpark. We get messages once every couple weeks if we're lucky, you gals get up to hundreds in that time-frame and rarely message us back.
It sets you up to be shallow. I probably would be too if the roles were reversed. First let me say that I am by no means attacking any one person in particular and I though it may sound like it at times, the statements I am making are simply my opinion and only my opinion.
Beyond that, I do not pretend to be an expert on what women want or what men do incorrectly. I am merely being as honest as the others on this site to whom I say thank you.
So please, know I am coming from the same frustrated place as the thoughtful and honest men and women who have commented here. I only hope to give my viewpoint to perhaps shed some light however dim, LOL on the incorrect, ill-advised thoughts and information that men make about women vs.
And that men and women can somehow reach a semblance of mutual understanding. It is never my goal to exacerbate the problem or further drive a wedge between us. So- having said all that — whew! Allow me to explain: See, we women love sex, too depending, of course , but we are not coming from the same, ahem, overwhelming pressure point as most men. And so do women. We are human, too. Yes, I admit, we too have eyes and are attracted to someone good looking but guess what?
And with men, it is. I cannot speak for all women nor would I claim to,, but I know enough of us sufficient to go out on a limb here and say the following with measured confidence: And they would not be lying about that, either. A true nice guy, in our minds is a man who treats us with mutual respect, And those guys are cherished and sought after, not overlooked. Or, if you are, maybe you are not allowing that to shine through in your profile somehow?
Please get it straight, please. I am referring to non-physical, non-employment or money-based attributes which we women, go figure , are truly looking for in a partner.
Meanwhile, you guys are doing the ole, what is it? We have to expend a large chunk of our lives and real energy thinking about crap you would never dream of,. Fear and risk are a real thing and do play into the whole online dating thing for us, as much as you might not want to believe it or ever even factor it in. So please, try to remember things beyond your own paradigm. We will do the same for you. Good luck out there everyone! You did spend a lot of time on your tex to clarify the situation!
I salute you for this effort. I do understand and identify to all of what you said. I am only saddenned that the phenomenon of online dating is a speculative viscious circle where the more men need to date someone, the more selective because submerged women are and therefore the more men need to date someone!
II don't think you are spitting on us and I understand that it is a delicate matter on both sides. Reversing the mechanism will take a lot of goodwilling people ready to change their attitudes! One guy sent me this message: I can make sure you are kept well dressed and have all the latest handbags. All you have to do is give it to me whenever I want it.
My response seeing as men complain that they don't get a response and women are just being rude: I can buy these things on my own as I am self sufficient and make my own way in this world. You sound like you are looking for a whore. You may want to spend your time at a brothel instead of wasting your time on dating sites. You are everything I am looking for to complete my life. I think we could be great together. My response after looking at his profile or lackthereof as a headless torso with only a vague description of what his interests are or any indication that he has a personality: I am very flattered by your compliment.
I can foresee major problems in this relationship already. You and I can be great together, and that's all we need.
You are my perfect dream girl. Sound fair to you? I can dig what you were trying to say here Cause there is a lot of substance. But some of what you say completely contradicts the evidence that has been compiled on this subject.
This isn't an opinion So while I appreciate your input and I do feel there was a lot to gain from it You are completely wrong in your assessment that women aren't as shallow as men. If anything because they have so many choices They filter them by looks. It's sad but true. As an older woman 49 , I felt obligated to respond to anyone that contacted me, even it it was to acknowledge we did not have much in common I do believe this is one of the downside of online dating We would never think of behaving like this if meeting someone in person but we think it's ok to do so when behind a keyboard.
As mentioned by one of the poster My god you're a saint. Ireally didn't think anyone like you still existed in our society today, I try to do the same but some are so touchy and perhaps so used to ghosting that they lash out, but I still won't stop Your post litterally made my eyes swell and I just nearly cried. I don't need all women to like me, just a little compassion and empathy The unfortunate aspect of "being polite" or "having respect" for individuals who have taken the time to message you is the percentage of men who then lash out in anger or rage when you do send them a succint, polite "thank you, but I don't think we're a match, but good luck to you" message.
Some men resort to insulting your looks, your weight, your single status "oh, i see you're stuck up and think you're too good for guys. Some go so far as to threaten you physically if they ever see you in public. So, while sending a nice, polite "no thank you" message is a lovely thing to do, I'm afraid to say a number of your more rage-filled brethren have ruined that for you and made women absolutely fearful to even attempt to turn a man's interest down, even if politely. I find the topic of online dating very interesting.
I try as much as possible to understand it from both male and female perspectives and I enjoy talking to women about it to see what their experience is like. I'm not your typical male in online dating, while most of my messages go unanswered I do converse with and meet women online. I've had several relationships from online and I plan on continuing to use it. I'm a 27 year old male and I'm not a "hottie", but I am tall and in shape and maybe that helps me.
It seems online dating is starting to get easier for me these days especially. I'm successful which I do say in my profile, and I'm wealthy which my profile does not say. All this being said, there are some major drawbacks for me. We all have our things we're into but I'm often guessing if I'm even attracted to the women I agree to meet.
I take the chance anyways because it's my best option at that time. Some of the women I meet I find attractive, but most of the time they aren't as good looking as girls I would date in real life. As a guy who does really well in a date setting, almost every girl I meet wants to see me again, I'm left frustrated by this.
I know I'm a catch, and I carry that with me but online I rarely have the choice to date women I'm attracted to. They come around once in a while but most don't answer me back.
So what do we have here? We have a guy who is dating mostly girls he's not really attracted to because those are his options. But it doesn't end here. I'm human, I like sex, and I will pursue and sleep with girls I'm not totally into if it's been a while. As a guy who's more successful in online dating than most men I just wanted to share my experience.
I know, I'm technically adding to the very problem I'm complaining about by dating and sleeping with women I'm not attracted to. But, can you blame me if that's usually all I can get online? Meet us halfway, you might find a guy who is amazing and will treat you with love and respect.
There is a clear divide in what men and women can attain in terms of physical attractiveness online. Yep you sound like a total catch! Anyone that says they are a "catch" usually are not. This is a fun line, because it's so easy to prove that it is a lie. Last week I sent 20 messages on match that said "Hi, you seem like an interesting woman.
And so we see that what this woman says is a lie. If you still think she's not lying, try if for yourself and you'll see.
The problem with Match is that most of the profiles are inactive. The people you messaged probably never saw it to begin with. The best way to get your foot in the door is to find something in their profile to start a conversation about. Ask them an open-ended question so they start talking about that and themselves. Say they list Adele as one of the musicians they like. You could say something like, "What do you think of Adele's new album whatever? I think her best effort on it was whatever song because What is your opinion?
I mean at least it shows you read her profile AND it is a conversation starter. It would be like saying, "Do you want to go see some movie? It's like when women give you that infamous piece of advice to "just be yourself" Your relative is exactly the wrong example to use for why online dating is bad for women.
That's not nearly enough time. Yes, it's creepy that men twice her age were hitting on her, that shouldn't even be allowed. There should be a filter and I think there are more of those now. Are there going to be total weirdos sending you messages? Yes, but you have the option to ignore every new e-mail as a woman. That means a woman can spend an hour writing five emails to the "perfect" matches they're looking for. They'll get one response and likely that guy will ask her out within a week.
If you don't like the creepy emails, don't read them! Men on the other hand have no other option then to send out hundreds of emails and they better be more then just, "Hey, I love your smile in that one photo and we have this, this, this in common.
You have to "perform" for them and they have to get your sense of humor through text. Then if you're good looking and tall at least 6'3' because they're going to assume you're adding three inches you've got a shot. And even then they might blow you off because they don't want to tell people they met their boyfriend online.
I just deleted my profile on OKCupid and I'll tell you why I received many messages from men, some creepy messages Seems that a lot of men are quite happy to remain behind a screen and those who are up to meeting right away are seeking sex.. One man messaged me and stated he found my profile interesting that we had much in common, we messaged back and forth and then he asked for my cell so we could chat Probably because some other woman was more willing to meet up and cut in front of you without the needless back and forth.
Yeah, this seems pretty spot on. For women its a barrage of messages and makes them think thery're god's on Earth, no matter how ugly.
For men it's a quiet hole to realize women are a lot more shallow than they knew, no matter how attractive.
This makes the women bat way above their league and the men bat way below. The best part to illustrate this? I'd say all of the women I message first are at least around my physical attractiveness league, but all the women that message me first are way, waaaay below it.
Like obese chicks levels below it. Now if there was a way you could fix this by making an environment that gave men the upper hand and not women Maybe it'd be more balanced. But as it is systems where men get the same features as women on dating sites are stupid asymmetric in terms of payback.
Women get crazy shallow and men get crazy depressed. Interesting idea, but not my experience. I get my fair share of messages.. I'm pretty good looking by most standards, though I'm fully aware I'm not the most attractive, and I often find messages from men who are far less physically attractive than the men I've dated IRL some of whom I've met online!
Of all the men, most find my profile interesting and say so, even if there's a blatantly obvious comment about interests, what we're seeking, or looks that should make it obvious that we aren't compatible. It's like they ignore it and try, anyway. Perhaps again, based solely on my experiences if they spent time seeking and messaging women who seemed like they'd be mutually compatible not just that they find good looking then they'd have more success.
I would certainly not waste my time messaging men who I figured wouldn't be interested. It's not genuine, and not a good use of time and energy. First of all, saying "not my experience" is wrong in this case. You seem to have had success as a woman on these dating sites. Maybe not "the perfect experience", but I can say with certainty that your experience was far better than mine. My theory here is the odds are stacked in women's favour only on dating sites; don't get this mixed up as a anti-feminist bash fest.
It's a pretty big statement to say that men don't get dates because they look way too high out of their league. I did a social experiment in June after never used dating sites. I wanted to take it like a game so that the huge amount of rejection I predicted wouldn't sting so much. I signed up for 5 different services and sent around message. I also used an auto right swipe bot on the services that provided such a feature. I varied between questions, jokes, statements, compliments.
Any advice I got from anyone, including your grandma, I tried out. I got a professional photographer and only used his photos on the site. The response rate was terrible.
Many of those women I found incredibly compatible, but many I skipped. The "basic bitches", the club rats, the "you-are-crazy-out-of-my-league-ers".
My only rule was if I thought I wouldn't hate talking to her I would give it a shot. It didn't tend to matter though; I had 2 terrible dates after two months of work.
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Then I started talking to my female friends. They all had pretty good conversation rates, getting anywhere from messages per day. And their conversations tended to last if they wanted it to. What I realized was the dynamic was completely different; women naturally start becoming a lot more arbitrarily selective because of this constant initiation. If you don't stand out with your picture as a man you're doomed to failure: Whether or not you would be a great fit, whether or not you're a secret agent or a millionaire.
So to say the reason I saw so much rejection was because I focused on women way out of my league is a total insult. It's a hypocrisy too; you keep having success being totally selective but advise others to bat lower. It's mindsets like this that keep traditional dating sites as traps for the average joe.
I think both men and women both have the raw end of the stick. But to say "women have it easier or men have it easier" is ridiculous. I think it's basically about finding a needle in haystack and that takes patience, and a lot of us both men and women don't have the patience.
Looking for Love these days is like looking for a needle in a haystack especially when many of us men keep meeting the Wrong Women all the time. Agghhh I agree with the "needle in the haystack" comment, I don't agree with "many of men keep finding the wrong woman" it goes the same way for women trying to find men!
This article is infuriating because it is dumb, based on no factual evidence and sexist You are better than that: One man feedback, one woman feedback and we get, quote: I agree that the article is very brief without any real findings.
However, the excellent comments more than make up for it. Dating sites are full of incurable dreamers looking for something that doesn't exist. In the case of women, unattractive yet fussy old mingers who think they are gods gift to men.
They could all find somebody locally on the street, in a supermarket or wherever without wasting their precious and limited time and money on rip-off dating sites. Try being a divorced single mother who works a full-time job. I get a decent amount of messages. Most start off in the most disgusting and degrading way, which is such a shame since these guys are very attractive and don't need to be so crass to get attention.
But such disrespectful messages, particularly as your initial greeting, I will delete straight away. Then I get down to the decent messages. I have to ask where they live and work and I flag with them that they are my standard initial questions due to my situation. My daughter lives with me, but alternate weekends she is with her father. I don't want to commit my free weekends to anyone until I've met them first and have decided that I would like to progress.
My free time is scarce so I'd like it to not go to waste. No problem, they say. As soon as I tell them that that weekend is my weekend with my daughter, but if we have an initial coffee meet-up some time in the week, I would be open to spending time with them the following weekend my free weekend.
Don't hear from them again. One guy even said to me "So if I wanted to have a wild night with you, I'd have to schedule it? That's a huge inconvenience and turn-off! Needless to say, it's a huge confidence reducer! Unfortunately, when a woman is raising kids, it puts her in a similar position in the dating world as a typical man. Women can easily find reasons to reject potential suitors. Women have more choices in the dating scene. However, nothing causes a man to lose interest faster than if a woman has kids in tow.
Not even the jobless, video game playing loser living in his mom's basement the man that most women view as the ultimate "zero" wants to hassle with that. Think of how grim a man's chances are in dating. Now understand that a woman with kids has equally grim chances. Then and only then can a woman understand what a man goes through in the dating scene. I've never been in the dating scene until after my divorce and I didn't jump into it straight away either.
These guys also put on their profiles that they would date women who already have kids. What were they expecting? That said kids can just be stashed away like luggage in a wardrobe, out of sight, while he gets wild with their mother?
I would rather have no one messaging me than getting messages that they totally respect my being a working single mother, then complain about how inconvenient it is for them that I have to plan things in advance rather than being able to drop my panties whenever they snap their fingers. I tend to agree, but there actually are a lot of guys out there who love playing with kids - how silly they can be and how easy it is to make them laugh and how good it feels to make kids laugh.
I think for guys like that, finding a beautiful woman who happens to have little kids is like a dream come true. It's a win-win in my opinion. I really don't understand guys who don't like kids. The concept sounds great initially, I'm sure. That's probably why they say on their profile that they would date women with kids. But when the reality of "I can't meet you after work, I have to pick my child up from day care", or "It's my weekend with my child, so I can't go out with you this weekend" hits, it's a different story.
And no, I will not let a guy spend my weekend with my kid with us - not until I've gotten to know him properly and we've been seeing each other for a while.
It's to protect my child from getting instantly attached if there is no intention of commitment, and also just in case he is a deviant who preys on single mothers to get to their children.
It happens, so I am very cautious. Dating sites are full of perverts. Keep children's pictures off them. Sorry, that was going off the topic. Whats funny is that talking shit about tinder is one of the most interesting and meaningful conversation you can have with a woman in real life because you'll almost always both be on the same page at how shallow and disgusting it is LOL. The internet is the number one reason for the rise of sexism on the modern age. Women see men for what they are and vice versa.
Women ignore most men and clump them all together as pathetic or creeps in broad generalizations and only go for the male model looking profiles. Result is good looking men with professional grade photos and the women willing to have casual sex with them are the only ones getting what they want.
Meanwhile other women despise that, the ones that arent interested in casual sex. They see the guys they would want to be with acting like apes because they get an all you can eat buffet while simultaneously ignoring men they could have chemistry with, because meeting people in person is very different from online. I for example get a lot of attention from women in real life but I can't get bottered to take nice pictures of me for dating sites.
I think the system they perpetrate is disgusting. Women have way better judgement in real life. I have no idea what the other women's profiles look like. I post decent pictures but average on purpose. All I seem to get are the men who I wouldn't ever go out with. Don't take this wrong but their photos are terrible. Maybe good for a desperate woman. I mean really it is hard to judge a book by its cover but you can at least try. Macho look at me or a beard down to your chest and beer belly aren't going to cut it no matter how awesome your profile seems.
When you message us be cool about it. Don't come across as desperate. My problem is I'm good looking and they won't look past that to see the real me inside.
You know the type. The women that you say: Why are you still single? Because no one takes a chance to get to know us except for the creepy guys. I don't understand it. Maybe the guys I'm attracted to don't want someone like me. They want an average woman. Can anyone make sense of this? If one more guy asks for a nude photo or worse sends me a pick of his junk I'm going to scream!!!
Marcy - your perspective here is fascinating to me. From the perspective of a married guy 20 years now , and having tried to help my guy-friends get answers from women on dating sites, what you write here is really interesting. I know guys who constantly say, "Why won't she respond -- I don't get it? They're mostly pics of them playing sports, running, spending time in nature, etc At the same time, most of the women who do actually reach out to these guys are just like you describe -- they come across as desperate.
I think that's the most revealing statement of all. Personally, I think almost everyone on dating sites have standards that are unattainable for them. To put it bluntly, they want someone outside of their own league. And they judge, quite harshly, those who are within their league, as not good enough. I'm just guessing here -- I certainly don't claim to understand the dating game, and I'm so thankful that I'm no longer a part of it, and never want to be again.
Or the don't smile!!! That gets to me the most. They look so down and depressed. And then you give them a chance and they can't hold a conversation! I get turned off by guys base jumping, skiing in the Swiss Alps and all that jazz, even running, because that's just not me. None of that stuff would interest me. If you play a sport like soccer, baseball, then perhaps. I am sure though there a lot of women into that sort of stuff. It's just about odds really.
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I guess a lot of women just don't care that men run around the block and jump out planes! But then again I'm sure there would be many women into that. And you sound like a real bore who is clearly intimidated by guys who 'BASE jump, snowboard in the Swiss Alps, and all that jazz. You're problem based on some of your other snide comments is that you are anti-men. You probably don't even realize it. Most of the women nowadays really do Stink Unfortunately to date these days as it is since they have become so very Greedy And Selfish over the years since they will Only want the Best of all and will Never settle for Less which is a very Good reason why many of us Good Guys are Single today Unfortunately do to the lack of Good women now which tells the whole story.
Which is statistically impossible. Well with so many women that now have their Careers today are a bunch of Narcissists, Greedy, Selfish, and very Power Money Hungry too which Most of them really Believe that they're all that since they really do have a very serious Attitude Problem which they really do need help very badly. Online dating really Sucks to meet a Good woman these days which in the Past Most women were Definitely much Easier to meet at that time and had a much Better Personality compared to the women of today which is why many of us Good men are still Single today which Most of us are Not really to Blame at all.
Women today do want the Best and will Never settle for Less at all which it is very Sad how the women of today have really Changed. Dating sites need to earn money. Of course they just want a few matches for their success stories in their commercials. It's big money keeping matching failing, but the hopes up.
It's like gaming or lottery addiction - the next ticket may be a winner. Why do I so seldom hear about the sexual needs and dreams of woman? Are you all asexual? I thought that sex was a part of your "serious" relationship that is for you who are everything but asexual. And if you're not polyamourous, this should be even more important to you, stuck with just one partner for a long time.
If one of you are into something that your partner is not, and it is important to you, how long do you reckon the relationship will last?
And no, for me love is not about sacrificing this and that, it's about respect. I've tried so many different approatches as a man, the few dates or meet-ups I've had, did mostly render nothing.
And the times that a woman initiaded a contact with me, is about the same amount of times. If you want a heterosexual paradigm: Woman; only actively seek profiles up.
Men; stop initiating any contact. This is of course an utopia. Slavic girls are rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Although they are beautiful by nature, they pay much attention to their appearance and never forget about makeup. They like wearing dresses and skirts because those garments accentuate their great figures and make them look feminine.
Apart from being hot, Russian girls are also intelligent and wise. Most of them can boast of a university degree. They like those men who can appreciate them only for their looks but also for who they are.
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However, most of the Russian ladies manage to be successful in their careers and be caring wives and mothers at the same time.
Probably, that's a kind of women you are looking for. If yes, then you may wonder how you can meet your Russian soul mate. With so many online dating sites available on the Internet you don't need to go to Russia to find your love. Of course, going straight to Russia is a good idea since you'll get a chance to see so many gorgeous Slavic women on the streets.
The problem is that those women you'd like to approach and chat up could be already married or have boyfriends. Therefore, online dating will be more reasonable. At least, you'll know that girls registered on an online dating site are single and they are looking for a partner. Another problem with real life dating is a lack of time. In our busy world, it can be pretty difficult to find a potential partner due to that so many people spend most of their time working. Online dating is easier because you can meet new girls without leaving your apartment or office.
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Do online dating websites work? To explore this topic, I pulled aside two individuals who I knew were hunting for a long-term relationship using online dating websites, and asked them about their experiences with the services. The two services used by these individuals were OKCupid and Match.
What I learned from carrying out an interview of a female and the interview of a male trying to dig into this intriguing subject was that using the Internet for dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. No…online dating involves just cold, shallow text.
As far as a guy is concerned, women have it made. They have the choice of the litter. All they have to do is get online every day, sitting on their princess throne and file through the dozens or more profiles of men who have messaged them throughout the day. Unfortunately, the reality is nowhere near that fantasy. To get some insight into what women go through on these dating websites, I pulled aside one of my family members who I knew had spent some time on these sites looking for her future spouse.
By the time of this interview, she had already given up and moved on, finally discovering her future husband while visiting old friends at her alma mater. Her responses completely surprised me. What year did you sign up with an online dating website and how long did you keep your account? I was active on the account for a week…if that. Actually, now that I think about it, that was how most of the messages I got started.
That was one of the main reasons I called it quits. I am getting terribly uncomfortable just thinking about it. Did you get ANY messages from guys that seemed nice at all? Worth meeting up with? No, but the creepy messages most likely ruined it for any decent guys that might be around.
Those messages made me run far, far away from online dating. Personally, I think there is so much more to be gained from talking with someone face to face — you are able to read their body language and listen to intonation in their voice, which are much better indicators than online messages or profiles. From your experience, do you think dating sites can be at all useful for girls? I know people who have had great successes with online dating!
If there are guys looking to actually get the attention of a girl on these dating sites, do you have any advice for them? Do your best not to be a creep. Remember that a simple message can go a long way. We lived across the hall from each other our first year of university.
We became good friends first and we only started dating 2 years later. That was mostly because I transferred schools, but because we became friends first, we had a connection that drew us back together for a chance at something more. What we found out was that we had much, much more than friendship in store for us. Being a nice guy is probably the worst thing to be when it comes to online dating.
You are a little more than collateral damage, as the large majority of guys slather, drool and stomp their way through the crowds, scaring off most of the nice girls that arrive on these sites, as evidenced by the interview above.
This experience is best exemplified by my close friend who I will call Eric. Eric has been using a couple of online dating websites off and on for the past year, with very little success. Despite his efforts, few girls ever answer his carefully crafted, very kind messages.
I started out using Match. Most importantly is that she likes doing similar things that I do. Secondly of course is that the profile gives me some feeling that there could be chemistry. Do you think the algorithm and the other tools the dating sites offer help at all? Some of them I guess. If you're dating someone, it's public, and unfortunately, some portions of your relationship are, too. Like, OKCupid gives you a percentage of match or non-match you are with certain people.
Do you have any advice for women out there who use online dating sites and might be reading this? Stop ignoring all of us. Instead, you know, I think a lot of them are still hung up on hunting for the bad boys, the smooth-talkers. So there you have it — the whole story from the female perspective and from the male perspective.
What is shocking to me is how different each perspective is from each other — with women claiming there are nothing but creeps on these dating sites, and with guys claiming there are plenty of nice guys. I met the love of my life my second year of college, and was married before I graduated.
The extent of my online dating was chatting to a few girls at other colleges over the now-archaic IBM-mainframe based chat network. In the end, I met my wife in person, at a party. The old fashioned way. Why is there this disconnect between the sexes when it comes to online dating. Is there some magical solution that would make all of the nice girls and all the nice guys of the world come together more easily? Your email address will not be published. Let's be honest here.
Most not all women on dating sites are extremely demanding when it comes to selecting a merely casual dating partner. Let that sink for a moment. But if you think about it, why the heck they still searching googling these kind the dating sites cons of articles? Because all dating sites sell illusion, a digital age illusion. It's not because of their pretty faces or their slim bodies. In short, dating sites girls are usually have nothing else going on in their lives, aside from their smartphone notifications.
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Guys date European women so much more classy,engaging and fun. Dont play these silly immature games with women from america. They are way out classed in everyway. Women have all the power. Due to slut shaming they don't message guys first unless you're A a male model or B look like you have a lot of money. Online dating is pointless for men since men have to do all the work. Women have all the power if they are young, thin and pretty under Otherwise women are invisible.
Yet, Ironically, women will spend their 20's chasing all those players and bad boys who will never in a million years settled for these girls only to figure out that by the time they hit 30, all of the guys they could have had are long gone an these players and bad boys want nothing to do with a 30 year old girl cuz they're still getting attention from the 20 year old ones.
I haven't had to date a 30 year old EVER. Yes, I'm a man in my 40's who married a girl I met in my 30's. She was 19yo at the time and I married her years later. While in my 20's I was one of the "nice" guys who rarely could get a date, this was pre-online dating.
While I spent a decade overcoming my shyness the "alpha" dudes were pounding the young women left and right, pump and dump, ignoring the masses of nice guys who could not compete for one reason or another, shyness, etc. Sad but true and an example of "Youth is wasted on the young women ", who don't know by experience how to make the best use of their youth PLEASE, Ryan - tell me that your entire article was a facetious ramble that was written late one night after you had consumed way too many drinks.
Yeah - like two quarts of proof rum! I have never read a less informed article on inter-net dating. You have the sheer audacity to state that what you have written is 'the whole story'? You state this, based on two interviews? You, my friend, are naive, foolish and ignorant beyond belief.
I would have more confidence asking a street sweeper to conduct a triple bypass on someone's heart than to rely on your advice on dating. Finding a match on an online dating site takes a lot of work, especially since most sites today are overrun by scammers.
That said, for most people who are no longer in school, they are probably still the best 'focused and pro-active' option. Yes, you are likely to be disappointed, to be hurt along the way, but then I suspect that even though you were married before you left school, you still had your heart broken once or twice before you met your wife.
And yes, it is possible to meet people in church, at meet-ups and other special interest activities. However, a good many people you will meet in any of those places have no interest in finding a new partner. Pay close attention to what I have written my good sir - you married young and have only been married 15 or so years.
That's a bit harsh isn't it? What's Ryan ever done to you apart from waste a few minutes of your time reading his article.. That poor guy might not have all the answers but his article still provides food for thought - in my humble opinion please please don't bite my head off for it!
And while I had the same reaction as you, that ironically one day Ryan too might end up on a dating site, I really wish for him that he does not because dear god it is an ugly parallel dimension! Ryan, may your happily ever after last forever! We're already planning the places we'll be traveling together during our retirement.
But thanks for offering your perspective.