Hi Evan, I'm a big fan of the blog. I’ve been excited to start meeting guys in my new city (LA - same as you!) but I've already started feeling disappointed. I signed up for match.com and okcupid. It seems there are plenty of men looking on these sites but hardly any saying hello! And if they do say hello, the emails are boring - "Hey, I'm thinking of getting some sun this weekend. How about you?" Or they make me think these guys have me on a pedestal - "If you don't mind me saying, I think you are beautiful, and your profile seems so genuine. I hope you write back!"
I've taken your advice and posted pics of me looking fun, cute and active: wedding guest/bridesmaid pics, vacation pics, a fun sibling shot (labeled "with my bro and sis.") So what is the deal? I'm 29. I'm pretty and fun. In my bio, I basically state I am a "retired jetsetter who still wants to have fun, but do it on a local level." I've read a bunch of profiles and tried to reach out to men who were my equals, both in lifestyle and dating goals, but these guys haven't responded. I’m thinking, "We are SO alike, why aren't you responding?"
Granted, I'm just starting out, but it's already frustrating! How am I supposed to take these emails that I'm getting? I find them so mass-market, like I bet they copied and pasted and sent to 30 girls without reading about me at all. How do I get to the next step? Should I *wink* first? Are sending messages a bit too much? --Angie
There are two entirely separate issues being discussed here: one is your frustration with online dating overall, the other is with the nuances of how it’s done. Let’s deal with them separately.
First of all, I want you to consider all the other places that you could meet thirtysomething men in Los Angeles. Thru events from LA Weekly, thu email lists like Thrillist, thru random happenstance at the gym, at Ralphs, on Sunset Blvd, at the UCB Theater, thru Meetup.com, thru friends’ house parties, thru work friends, and business networking, thru set ups, thru matchmakers, thru singles organizations, church or temple. And yet, despite all of those options for young people here in LA, it’s tough.
It’s very easy to live in a huge city and never meet any men.
Online, you’re ALWAYS meeting men.
That’s why I believe in online dating. Not because it’s perfect. But because “real life” doesn’t always provide enough opportunity on a week by week basis. And unless you get lucky at the Grilled Cheese Invitational or First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, it’s very easy to live in a huge city and never meet any men. Online, you’re ALWAYS meeting men. Your ad is live for 24 hours a day for men to approach you, and if you log on for 20-30 minutes each day to reply and reach out to one new guy, your social life will instantly pop.