I stare at the blank form on the website — the one that invites me to open my heart and pursue my soul mate via a labyrinth stocked with eligible men. I was more than capable of getting into my own romantic scrapes and didn’t need a website to exacerbate my bad decision making.I breeze through the questionnaire: How “green” am I? But just recently, I heard of an entirely new niche in the online dating market, for “conscious singles.” In this case, being conscious means living life in a thoughtful way, following a spiritual path, valuing nonsuperficial things when seeking a life partner. Perhaps my age (middle) and shape (no longer thin) and strong personality (pitta, remember?You were defined by how cool your My Space layout was – animated GIFs, custom CSS and your favorite embedded You Tube video.Very rarely was anything of substance shared there and more or less, everyone had the same opportunity to meet and connect with others.For our first date he took me to a chinese restaurant and afterwards we shared our first kiss outside the restaurant.
I’m not the typical “guy” who posts shirtless pictures of himself on dating sites or sends unsolicited pictures of his genitals to random women. Pitta is “ambitious by nature but also can be demanding and abrasive.” Yikes—do I really want that on a profile if I’m trying to get dates? This is a website for “conscious singles,” and men who populate the site will be interested in the—and not a false picture of someone younger, sleeker, and more deferential. In that regard, I was singular among my single friends—the Luddite left on the platform at the train station. Despite having written about single life for more than a decade, I had never dated online in any serious way.The average Briton has his or her fair share of preconceptions about fishing, of course. Finally, and most incontrovertibly, you will smell. Your clothes will soon become a rag to wipe your hands on, so they'll smell.