The other day a friend told me she was cautiously considering jumping back into the online dating world. “The other times I’ve tried it, I’ve faced a lot of rejection,” she said. “It’s really hard to try again.”
I’ve heard similar things from other women I know: tales of being talked to then ghosted, pursued by someone much older, or ignored by men who seem like good matches. I’m sure men experience their own set of online dating woes, although surveys show the majority of those who use dating apps are female (around 60 percent).
Online dating has changed a lot since the early 2000s when Neil Clark Warren launched eHarmony, one of the first major online dating sites. I remember meeting a couple who was one of the first to meet and marry through the site. They seemed like a novelty. But since then, I’ve known more than a dozen wonderful couples who met online. Now dating apps are popular — same concept, faster delivery system. As of 2021,