As I contemplated my answer for the only questionnaire I’ve ever cared about that didn’t have a hollow promise of a cash prize upon completion, I swear my love life flash before my eyes. Though the sentiment may sound ignorant and drastic now, signing up for these sites for the first time had this “point of no return” sensation. It was like finally admitting that the old, conventional ways of finding love might not be enough; that I might not be enough anymore. I had finally given into the latest fad and the belief that everyone in the city was just looking for a hookup. This seemed like the only alternative left to weed out the Mr. Wrongs… or so I thought. My love life, as I knew it, was coming to an end. This was a new era of dating, a new romantic dawn, a new lifestyle, where we know more about the other person through Facebook than on the first date.
My friend had introduced me to the brand world recently after finally admitting where she met her boyfriend. After almost a year of happily dating, she was a huge advocate for meeting a special someone online. One night, fed up about my rants about assholes, she sat me down and helped me with my profile. However, being an overachiever, I couldn’t settle for just one site. I was simultaneously registering for Plenty of Fish, OkCupid and downloading Tinder.
As I brainstormed the most empowering, yet flirtatious and “cool” way answer “You should message me if”, I realized that I had no idea what I was looking for. I had previously typed:
…Realizing that was probably too much information, I deleted everything and simply settled for “if you want!” That was concise and cool right? And just before it was too late I remembered that I had to be flirty too so I added an extra 😉 at the end before hitting send. Now it was perfect. And just like that, my first online dating profiles were created. Ok Cupid, I have stepped into the dark side, and apparently you have Plenty of Fish.