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(Today)   This list of nine things to do when an online relationship culminates in a real-life date forgets perhaps the most important and disappointing thing of all... you actually have to wear pants on a date   ( digitallife.today.com) divider line
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2012-10-07 10:53:57 AM  
2 votes:
Women: Have a good explanation for why you are 50 pounds heavier than your profile picture.
Men: Have a good explanation for why you are 6 inches shorter than your profile height.
2012-10-07 01:55:30 PM  
1 vote:
What I took away from the article is you basically try not to have an online relationship with someone. Just use the web to become acquaintances, so you don't know too much before you meet. Go back to using physical sexual attraction as the major deciding factor. I've been that route and have two divorces to prove it.

I used to chat a lot. One girl and I used to message each other every few days about stupid stuff that was going on. This went on for almost two years. There was the normal BS stuff in the beginning, but having a post history made it pretty hard to keep a false story straight. We got to know each other and would call BS if things got OT. Found out our personalities had a lot similarities after the first year. People tend to talk about things with a safe anonymous stranger they wouldn't with people they might see the next day.

We decided to marry before we even met. The deal was no set date and opt out clause at any time. We met once; it was like knowing someone you've never seen. We knew everything about each others families, likes and dislikes - kind of odd how easy it was. We moved in together after meeting once. After a year we were taking a drive and the marriage date thing came up. Reno was 8 hours down the road. We've been married 12 years. We talk all the time and don't fight about anything. That's one advantage about long term online relationships, you don't have the body language signs to know when you've crossed lines - so you don't know when to shut up. The other person gets to know you well. If you don't know something after a couple years of in depth chat, something's wrong.

We really complement each others personality types and can enjoy experiences like you would not believe. Of course, we have very different clothing styles and people think it's odd when we talk on facebook across the room from each other - Hey, it works for us.

Three chat sessions before meeting? Waste of time in the long run. There's easier ways to find an ex-wife.
2012-10-07 01:35:55 PM  
1 vote:
I went on a post-OKCupid date recently.
She forgot to shave her moustache.
I was willing to forgive her that, but clearly I did something she was less willing to forgive.
2012-10-07 12:53:32 PM  
1 vote:
The very first meeting of anyone you met online should be done over coffee or something equally simple. Do it at lunch so neither of you will have much time (or at least you have an excuse to end it). If that works out then set up a real date later. Don't waste time on actual dates with people you have never met, that's stupid.
2012-10-07 12:01:35 PM  
1 vote:
I don't understand all this. Do people really do all this silly stuff when dating? That must explain why so many talk about their exes as if they never really knew them -- they probably didn't. Just be yourself, and don't stress over it. If you're with someone for any real length of time, especially intimately, they're going to figure out who you really are sooner or later. If they're not going to like that person, isn't it better to avoid the needless stress of a misguided relationship based on misconceptions in the first place? And if the goal is to get into someone's pants, just be straight about that, and maybe you will, but still save both of you the needless hassle of a relationship neither of you really wants.

I liken this to the countless bits of advice about job interviews. I also believe in just being yourself there, too. If you and your prospective employer aren't actually likely to function well together as who you both really are -- which neither of you can help being, on the actual job -- then isn't it better to figure that out during the interview, so you can both move on to better options sooner rather than later, and avoid suffering through the needless frustration of working with someone you don't work well with?

I don't see any difference there: If you're hoping to be close to someone, you should hope to be close to someone who's going to like who you really are, not who you're capable of temporarily pretending to be. If you have to work that hard just to keep someone's attention for forty minutes, I think something's wrong.
2012-10-07 11:32:11 AM  
1 vote:

bighairyguy: Women: Have a good explanation for why you are 50 pounds heavier than your profile picture.
Men: Have a good explanation for why you are 6 inches shorter than your profile height.

Best thing to happen on my last date was for both of us to arrive, look at each other and say, "Oh good. You look way better than your pictures."
2012-10-07 10:55:52 AM  
1 vote:

martid4: My date kit involves Mazola, a drop cloth and duct tape.

I just take them out in my boat. I always score. Because of the implications.
2012-10-07 10:43:24 AM  
1 vote:
List fails by not mentioning that your smaller, weaker date LOVES to go out to an empty cabin in the woods and see your axe collection.
2012-10-07 10:41:49 AM  
1 vote:
Subby forgot to add the Craigslist qualifier.
2012-10-07 10:37:25 AM  
1 vote:

Obama4Life: jmadisonbiii: [media.tumblr.com image 487x290]

Uhhh, bonn jore?

I love that commercial

He seems like such an ass. Like I just picture their relationship months from now and he's all getting her to make him post-sex sandwiches. Him all, biatch, I am a MODEL, from FRENCH!
2012-10-07 09:47:12 AM  
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Uhhh, bonn jore?
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