You know the song by Meredith Brooks:
Whenever I tell people about myself, almost no matter what I say about myself, I have an inner voice that goes, “Wait one second! I don’t think that’s true.”
Basically, telling someone about yourself often feels like a lie, no matter what you say. Are you a bitch? Well no, not always. Are you a nice person? Well, yeah, except for yesterday when you screamed at the bus driver.
Are you responsible? Well yeah, on the outside. But are you responsible about your health? Maybe not so much.
Are you good with money? Are you smart? Are you happy? Are you religious? Are you calm? Stressed? Angry?
So that is the difficulty. We need to explain who we are but our descriptions fall short and feel like they lack. And that, I believe, is why so many people write a million opposites in their profiles. Things like: I like going out but also staying in. I know how to have fun but I also know when to be serious.
Because it is the most clichéd way to say: Stop judging me. Stop trying to understand me from one silly online profile.
Give me a freakin’ break. I’m no bitch. Well, maybe sometimes.
These have been some of the biggest turn-offs for me when reading people’s online dating profiles:
- I am very good looking. (If you put a picture, let me decide for myself. If you didn’t, I’m feeling a tad suspicious.)
- I am funny but also serious. (Are you also tall but short?)
- I love going out but I also love staying in. (Opposites remind me of Sesame Street! I love Sesame Street. I also hate it. No I don’t.)
- I’m done playing games. (I’ve never played games… Could you explain what games you’ve played exactly?)
- I’m not like all the other idiots out there. (I think you just disproved that.)
- I’m not writing anything about myself here. Words are overrated. This site sucks… And the rest you’ll have to find out when we meet! (“When”?!)
- I am so impressive and wonderful. I’m also extremely modest. (Will you marry me?)
- She should be beautiful… (And your very subjective opinion of beauty entails… what exactly? No, I don’t really want to know.)
- She should be beautiful… On the inside and out. (Uh huh…)
- I’m looking for a princess. (*barf*)
- You’ve never met anyone like me. (Was that you helping me count my blessings?)
What would be in your list?
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Interesting… Most of you either were excited or were wondering what the heck you were doing there. What does it all mean?! (God? Hello?)
Anyway, I’m putting a new poll up in the sidebar now. Be sure to answer it!
I’ve never used Shidduch Net. All I know is that it’s a dating site catering towards the religious/traditional community. Jdate is more general, catering to the Jewish (and now even non-Jewish) singles community.
And now both of these Jewish dating sites are implementing some changes to their sites. Curious what changes?
I had a glimmer of hope that Jdate would announce their new site. But now, Jdate is just tightening their grip of the members, allowing you to see less if you aren’t paying.
Shidduch Net, on the other hand, has updated their site in order to improve the user experience.
The fact that Jdate is very old fashioned, has major glitches and still charges so much, boggles the mind. I mean, OK fine. Charge what you want. But why do we continue to pay them? Jdate is stuck in the olden days and we still love to give them our money. It’s unbelievable.
Here is the message from Jdate about their changes:
Here is a compilation of the latest on dating and singlehood. Please email me stuff for next week’s Dating News. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tu B’Av events in Jerusalem
I wrote a guest post on The Big Felafel about the main events happening in Jerusalem for Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love. (This year Tu B’Av starts on Sunday night, August 14.)
OKCupid’s new mobile app
While you’re at one of these Tu B’Av events, maybe you could use OKCupid‘s newly announced mobile app. It helps you find out if there are potential matches for you, in your vicinity, in real time.
Really cool or really creepy?
“Don’t get married, please.”
But, of course, whether or not you search for love at these events, just make sure not to actually tie the knot, OK?
Dr. Neil Warren, a Christian psychologist and founder of eHarmony.com has advised that of the 2 million couples who planned to get married this year [in the USA], “several hundred thousand…should reconsider, postpone their weddings, or not get married” at all. So true!
Read the full article in the Christian Post.
The most unmarried group of people
Well then, I guess that makes black women very lucky people. Seems they are the most unmarried group of people in America. (Full article here.)
Which is the most unmarried group of people in Israel or in the Jewish community, I wonder? (Maybe white Canadian-Israeli women in their 30s? :)
The (j)date from hell
Hmmm… Could it be that the most single group of people in the Jewish community is people using Jdate? :)
Ilana Angel writes in JewishJournal.com about her date from hell… through Jdate.
Thing is, although I am not one to laud the praises of Jdate, it’s hard for me to relate to her conclusion that Jdate is the devil. I’ve met some totally decent guys on the site. Not sure why this discrepancy exists.
TheJMom.com is launched in Israel
Maybe the problem is that Ilana should be asking her mom to help her find a date! Marketwire.com announced the imminent launching of TheJMom.com in Israel. This is the site where our moms try to set us up.
But if so many people are uncomfortable admitting they met their significant others on dating sites, how much more difficult will it be to say: “Our moms met on a dating site”???
Friends set up friends
Does friends setting us up seem more palatable? TheJMom reminds me of shoshvinim, the Israeli site where friends set up friends.
Double date online dating site
Or maybe, instead of trying to set your friends up, you could just go on their date with them! DuoDate is a site based on double dating.
Which means, that if people get really confused between these three sites, they could totally end up on a date with their mothers and their best friends. Or maybe they could end up left at home with their friends dating their mothers.
Awkward? Still better than Ilana’s date, I’m sure!
I’m sure it’s now obvious what work you have set out for you this week:
Get your moms on thejmom, your friends on shoshvinim, help your black female friends find love, talk to an Israeli (or Anglo, depending who you are) and, whatever you do, don’t get married. Oh, and, of course, go to a Tu B’Av event Sunday night (or Monday) and let me know how it goes. (Maybe if you’re nice I’ll tell you which event I went to.)
Have a wonderful week!
Trying to pronounce that? It is from the English word lite, pronounced in Hebrew – לייט – and then rewritten in English with the Israeli accent and in plural… in Hebrew. Got it?
Whatever. Point is, it is the new dating site for Israelis who are datlash (dati leshe’avar – formerly religious) and dati lite (lightly religious).
Well, I’m very excited about it. I find I am constantly struggling with the fact that my religiosity is neither here nor there. I go out with secular people and I feel like I frummy and I go out with religious people and I feel like an apikores.
Now, people like me, have one place where we can meet each other.
Also, in the short amount of time I’ve been using the site (it hasn’t been around for longer than a couple of months), I must say I am enjoying the simplicity of it. I guess at some point this could be annoying, but right now I love that there are no bells and whistles. You go, you look at profiles if you want, you write people, they write you… The questionnaire you answer when filling out your profile is simple and there is one space where you can write a bit about yourself.
And that’s it.
And it’s free.
Are you going to try it?
P.S. Here are videos they made. They went to Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv University and asked people about who they’re willing to date, religiously. Just so you know, one of the guys interviewed in Tel Aviv was very upset at how they did the editing. He told me he said he’d be happy to date a religious girl and they cut that out of the video.