Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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Millions of singles, no true love -- that's what those online services truly imply. I don't know the statistics on the success of these online dating services, but I would think it is much lower than actual (or physical) dating. Just think of it, how many do you think in every million of those who date or socialize online find true love?
And yet, for those who do the "old" process of dating where two people actually meet physically, the odds of finding true love can't be that small. Otherwise, there would have been hell of a lot more singles (percentage-wise) in the past than today -- which is not the case, as we are now at our loneliest than in any period in our history.
Why then do millions retreat to the virtual when success in finding meaningful relationships is higher in the real?
Perhaps it is because some of us, maybe even most of us, are insecure in our perception of who we are. The virtual world offers anonymity, the ability to tweak our "imperfect" selves, and the illusion of a "virtual barrier" that we believe could somehow lessen the pain of rejection. Plus it offers millions of choices.

Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink
-- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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