We All Do It: Online Dating
Let's not pretend the majority of us - including our parents - live online. My resume is online (LinkedIn), all my photos are online (Instagram, and soon iamrorie.com), my planner is online (Google Calendar), and pretty much everything else I use on a daily basis is hosted on the world wide web.
However, there's something more personal that has been existing on the internet for quite some time now that people seem to be too embarrassed to admit: online dating. We act as though apps like Tinder or Bumble are taboo when the truth is we all do it. Kind of like going to the bathroom.
It's not shameful, it's natural to want to connect to another human being, whether it's for one night or a long time. The internet has expanded our horizons to communicate faster and easier, to connect with people we would have never had the opportunity to otherwise.
So why do we timidly admit when we met our significant other via some type of dating app? Probably because it seems unholy to accept you couldn't find someone at the bar (darn) or that blind date didn't go too great either (double darn), so you took matters into your own hands instead.
We all know the world is shifting to an online based existence and it's hard to accept that our most natural activities - communicating and interacting with other humans - has now also become virtual. Except, there's nothing to be ashamed of! I'm honestly thankful for Tinder, because I would have never met my boyfriend. OkCupid introduced my brother to his girlfriend. My uncle met his girlfriend online, as well.
I can understand how sometimes the idea of trying to create a connection over the internet seems insincere. However, everything you're looking at is face value, eliminating at least one step: physical attributes. Yes, I understand that sounds incredibly shallow, but don't try to tell me the appearance of your partner didn't influence your attraction to them initially. Looks aren't everything but they are a part of it.
Besides, each profile has this generally standard format, at least from my memory, and it makes the face value aspect very straight forward:
"This is me and what I do. I like these kinds of animals/foods/music/travel/etc."
Occasionally you'll also get a really bad match that says something sexist, racist, or just flat out weird but the beauty of these apps is you have the option to swipe left and never physically or virtually encounter them again.
We should all be embracing the concept of online interactions, because this is the path in which the future is heading. If you use email, texting, or any other communication tool, then online dating is not much different. So stop being embarrassed to say "we met on [insert dating app/site here]" and instead scream it from the rooftops. You're part of an elite group of people who've found one of the most beautiful things on earth that money will never buy: love.
Or a fun night - whatever floats your boat.