Online Dating: Who’s Doing It?

I couldn’t say how many times I’ve spoken to jaded college students (usually girls) who say they just can’t find a decent boy/girl to date. It’s funny because most say they came to college excited and optimistic of all the potential they’d be bombarded with. I mean, speaking for UT-Austin alone there are 50,000+ students on campus. So, why are people complaining they’re perpetually single in a microcosm of the world that’s just teeming with singles? A question I’ve yet to discover an answer for…

Incidentally, a concept that has traditionally been attached with a stigma of ‘desperation’ or ‘last resort answer’ – online dating- is all of a sudden becoming the new big thing amongst young adults as young as the early 20’s. If you think about it, it really is a great concept: a way to virtually sift through hundreds of possible matches while simultaneously getting the basic scoop and skipping the awkward initial talks. And the best part is that you get to do it anonymously and from the comfort of your home! An added plus is that you KNOW everyone listed is at least single (or should be) and at least looking for a date.

It seems that the slow evolution of online matchmaking sites going from places to find your soulmate to places where you can also just find someone looking for a fun fling has definitely amped up their popularity amongst many youngsters. Who knows, maybe in the next 10 years it’ll become such a norm that everyone from ages 20+ will be on one? Hmm, maybe if someone started a college specific site?

Thoughts? Anyone considering it or already did it? Tell me!


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