My 59-year-old co-worker was complaining about online dating saying, “Nowadays, people don’t have any thought whatsoever about meeting strangers for dates.” Yeah, the medium has changed, but meeting strangers isn’t. Remember back in the 70′s when adults took out “Personals” ads and met each other for dates? I remember growing up watching shows, like Three’s Company and Love Boat. Sometimes the story lines would include some guy or girl who misrepresented him or herself in an ad they took out in the paper. Larry who come from his apartment, excited about some buxom blonde with long legs he was getting ready to meet. Then he’d disappear for most of the show until he came back to the door let down by what he was met with: a short, curly haired brunette!
I used to wonder why someone would meet a complete stranger that they never even laid eyes on and expect the best? That was the thing to do back then: take an ad out that read something like, “Hot, sensual, big and beautiful, black woman seeking a……” The ad would have no picture! They did it all the time! How is online dating any different? At least you now have a picture to go with the online profile! Today, you can communicate with the guy or girl before you decide to meet them and determine if they are one egg short of a dozen. People need to get over themselves and realize that we do the same crap as they did back in the day, but it’s a modern version of it! People were not any more moral decades ago, they were just quiet about it. Today, all our actions are broadcasting via the web. So please, let us all remember history accurately.