I read an interesting article in The New Yorker on Internet dating.
( http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/07/04/110704fa_fact_paumgarten )
I am very happy not to have to operate in that world.
One thing of which I am certain: no Internet dating site would have hooked me up with my wife. We are too different, which is probably the key to the success of our long-standing relationship. We are a perfect combination: one that would be impossible for a computer to recognize or predict. No algorithm could make such a match, regardless of questionnaires that feed it. We were lucky to have crossed paths, but serendipity and coincidence played the biggest roles. Some might call it fate, if one believed in such things.
She is an extrovert, whereas I tend to be introverted. But, we tend to agree on the big-ticket items, like religion, politics, and child-raising. And, we enjoy the same kinds of vacation spots. We rarely argue and are both fairly even-tempered, although she can be rather emotional at times. She likes to watch soccer; I do not (I like to do sport, but rarely like to watch others do it.) She likes spicy food; I like it bland, like my mother used to cook. Fortunately, she prepares our food in a way that is more to my taste and tends to go wild in restaurants (like a friend, whose vegetarian wife allows no meat in the house, must pig out on beef on business trips).
The article was interesting, but I have no need to even check out an Internet dating site. As long as I have known my wife, I have not come across another woman that could tempt me to stray. I have no reason to start looking…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.