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.At a certain age, the dating pool dries up into isolated puddles.As with much of life, the Internet has colonized the dating landscape.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.What's more, among the sample's 19,131 married Americans, those who had met online were slightly more satisfied in their marriages and less likely to divorce than couples that met the "organic" way. "Online dating fundamentally changes the initiation part of relationships; it changes how we identify potential partners," says Catalina Toma, an assistant professor in the communication arts department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Toma studies the psychological effects of social networking, including online dating. When this pickup line plopped into my Ok Cupid inbox, swoon I did not.I was 32 and single in a city of only a quarter million, with only a fraction of those available to me.
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Instead, I LOLed, then felt pity, for both my suitor and myself.
The comedy of this online encounter competed with my despair.
I couldn't help but wonder, in a , Carrie Bradshaw type of way: Is this worth it?