It’s a bit like rocking out front row at a Jonas Brother’s concert only to lock eyes with someone you know mid fist pump. There’s a moment of embarrassment cut short by the acknowledgment that both of you came for the same thing. In this case it’s the sweet sweet musical stylings of Joe and the gang, and in the case of Jdate it’s romance. And why should you be ashamed of online dating? The general rule of thumb is as follows: if Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made a movie about it, chances are that it is romantic. This would also explain why the duo haven’t made a movie about getting drunk and meeting someone at a bar. But really it makes sense, if you were looking for kosher meat, would you go to a treif butcher? Now to extend the metaphor even further, imagine that not only is JDate a kosher butcher, but they have the largest meat market in the world, so you should be able to find just the cut you’re looking for.
That said, there are still those of us who have trouble meeting someone online, so I’ve come up with some general guidelines to get you started.
RULE#1 Pictures are everything: Using your head shot says: I only look this good with makeup, studio lighting, and heavy photoshopping. Using multiple photos of you from one angles says: yes, I have horrible scarring and/or a glass eye on the other side. Pictures of you holding a drink with somebody’s hand reaching in the frame says: I’m only this interesting when I’m drunk, but don’t worry….I’m drunk a lot. Photos of yourself taken shirtless in the mirror with a camera phone say: I enjoy curling up with a good novel.
RULE#2 What’s in a name?: I get it. You chose the screen name ‘Thuganomics’ because you’re a sensible business man with your finger on the pulse of the streets. The problem is she won’t.
RULE#3 Know your audience, play up your attributes..but be honest: Liking movies does not make you a nerd. Nor does cooking or listening to music. Owning a dungeon master manual may. Conversely, enjoying sports is different than playing them. Oh, and if you have to say that you’re creative, crazy, or down to earth, chances are you’re probably not.
Follow these rules and you’ll be well on your way to being ‘flirted with’ or possibly even ‘hotlisted’. Fundamentally, the goal of all of this electronic communication is to hopefully at long last interact with a living, breathing, person. As for that, you’re on your own.