I couldn't help but wonder, in a , Carrie Bradshaw type of way: Is this worth it?
Will online dating help me find true love in Madison?
Sites range from the big "markets" (Match, e Harmony and Ok Cupid) to niche communities such as Green Singles for the Earth lovers, Christian Singles for the Jesus lovers, and Vampire Passions for, well, you get the point.
I was 32 and single in a city of only a quarter million, with only a fraction of those available to me.
The comedy of this online encounter competed with my despair.
At a certain age, the dating pool dries up into isolated puddles.
People become increasingly settled into relationships and families, and you find yourself searching for new and different waters.
Most users fell in the ripe age bracket of the mid-20s to mid-40s.
Instead, I LOLed, then felt pity, for both my suitor and myself. When this pickup line plopped into my Ok Cupid inbox, swoon I did not.Therein lie the hope, the horror and the humor of online dating in Madison. 'organic' Now a nearly 20-year-old phenomenon, with the birth of in 1995, online dating seems to have reached its prime.In a 2013 poll by Pew Research Institute, 38% of single-and-looking Americans confessed they've searched for love (or something like it) on the Internet.
Dating in Madison often seems like another of what Rebecca Ryan called a "tier-two tradeoff" in the October 2013 issue of Madison Magazine.That is, we all make sacrifices to live in our beloved but small city. Fishing for love in a small pond can make your odds of hooking a mate look grim.