When my marriage ended 11 years ago, I went online. They loved to ski, surf, go to the theater, travel to exotic places, go for walks on the beach, run marathons and read. "People present themselves in the best light online," he said.
So I signed up for Match.com, which has more than 21.5 million subscribers. One woman wrote me, "Unlike Popeye, I am NOT what I am but if nothing else I am kind and compassionate and to top it off I am interesting and exciting." None of the women on Match were boring. Philip Muskin, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, is not surprised.
But with 87 million singles in the United States and nearly 40 million dating online, it seemed a good way to meet someone.
But then one cold night in November, I met a Match date in a bar in Greenwich Village.
I had a date for the next Saturday night for seven years.
Now that I am "single again," I wondered what was new in online dating in 2015.
Emily Bartz, dating content manager for Next (which provides independent reviews and research of online services for consumers and small businesses), told me that online dating sites are becoming better at matching you to potential dates and online dating is increasingly being done on mobile phone dating apps."The biggest complaint people have about online dating is wasting time with people they have nothing in common with.
(On you can write to anyone.)I decided to try Tinder.
As a Baby Boomer it was probably not the best choice because Tinder is mainly used by Millennials.
But as a person living in New York City, fewer is relative and Tinder is free.
And I liked the idea of not having to reading profiles; because after reading hundreds of online profiles you realize they are depressingly similar and yes, dare I say it, boring.
Dating sites are now steering you toward people who have similar tastes in movies, music, religion and education, " Bartz said.
"And people are spending more time on their phones and the dating sites know this.
As a result, they have created apps that are extensions of their internet presence or are solely available on phones."[pullquote align="right"]"People present themselves in the best light online.