And they’re all household names (well, in most households with a TV anyway). A couple years ago, when Eva Longoria was recently single (now she’s engaged to Jose Antonio Baston), she said that she “believes that online dating works,” and I obviously couldn’t agree more.
For Hilary Duff, it was Tinder, and for Ricki Lake, JDate was the site of choice.
This is still parodied in commercials and on the comics pages, but it’s drifted pretty far from fact.
After all, everyone knows someone who’s an online dater.
When confronted with millions of potential matches, it’s hard to convince yourself that this Perfectly All Right And Not At All Cabbagey-Looking Fellow with whom you are about to go on your third date is, as P. The bar scene, you now realize, conferred an unfair advantage on people naturally gifted in areas like Shouting Really Loudly Over Music, Wearing Fun Going-Out Tops and Not Falling Over On The Dance Floor.
Without these skills, you were left to fall back on your ability to convey your meaning through hand gestures and ill-timed winks, and the results were seldom stellar. Before the club was the club-and-drag-back-to-cave, but in between was a time when parents arranged careful and shrewd matches for their children.
You had to meet him in a Safe, Public Place, and you missed him the first five times after awkwardly approaching all the men in the mall food court who you thought looked like the “judo master & gentleman maker of ” advertised in the online description.
Later, if it worked out, “We didn’t meet online,” you would lie.
As recently teased on TODAY, the once-divorced homemaking mogul, 71, is looking for love — and has dipped her famous toes in the online dating pool, with her recently created profile now revealed.“We met at a bar.” Strictly speaking, this was true.The bar was the public place where you decided to have your first in-person session.After recently writing and publishing my book, “Living the Good Long Life,” I was reminded how central good relationships are to happiness and longevity. I’m told that I’m a specific person, and that the efficiency of online dating might be a good way for me to find that needle in the haystack. Given that most of us know her story, I might even recommend poking fun at herself by saying something like, “…and who relishes adventure and new experiences as much as I do… Also, I’ve always been a big believer that technology, if used well, can enhance one’s life. Here’s how I’d define myself: Curious about everything. So while I’m open to all kinds of people, and love to be surprised, here’s what I know I appreciate in a man: Someone who’s intelligent, established, and curious; and who relishes adventure and new experiences as much as I do. A lover of animals, grandchildren, and the outdoors. So here I am, looking to enhance my dating life." (The multimillionaire divorced Andrew Stewart, father to her daughter Alexis, now 47, back in 1987 after 26 years together.