Online Dating Services and Mister Wrong Essay

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As a happily pre-engaged woman, with a pre-engagement ring, I have no reason to scan the listings of the ubiquitous dating services on the Web. Yet, ever since I saw the ad, "Get Your Flirt On!," curiosity has gotten the better of me. I spend most of my time in search of eligible men, but I also search for eligible women. When I first looked at the men in my zip code, I told myself that I was looking for matches for my friends. But in truth I cannot think of a faster way to lose my single friends than telling them I have been looking for their perfect match online. So I admit it. I like to see who is available even though I am not.

A lot of the men are obviously Mister Wrong. Take the man who says he prefers thin, athletic women and
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I give them credit for daring something I would not, but I still would not have dinner with them. The ones who write, "well I'm kinda new at this but thought I should give it a shot," are not very goal-oriented. Those who write, "I believe in magic, do you?" make me squirm in my chair. And the ones who say, "I am a student in the school of life" make me wonder, aren't we all?

Some of the men have potential. The man who says he looks like Ernest Hemingway but does not have the sexual hang-ups might be worth a shot if he weren't three decades my senior. And the one who said "I'm a bad dancer, but a good listener" sounds promising.

But still, on the whole these men remind me of how happy I am to be a pre-engaged woman. When I look at all the frogs I might have had to kiss, I am glad for my prince, even if he is from a 12-year-old fairytale that is very familiar.

When I finish surveying the men in a given zip code, I look at the women in the same zip code to see if I can match them up. The man who says he expects breakfast in bed on the first date would be a good match for the woman wearing a leopard-print halter and posing provocatively. The practicing Christians

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