Why is online dating so difficult? Is it because of the cover of anonymity that people become more inconsiderate and picky? With so many seemingly great men to choose from, women can simply delete or ignore someone who doesn’t fit her perfect ideal. At least in the offline world she would be held accountable for at least saying “no, thanks.” (same goes for men, too) Or am I confusing the issues and is it simply a matter of logistics—that women can’t even reply to all the emails they receive from these sites?

I also wonder if the promise—rather, premise—of finding the perfect mate online blinds us to what may be available in the present tense: have we become a culture of “latest and greatest” and does it permeate all aspects of our lives?

The internet shows great potential to enrich our lives, but we have to learn how to use this new tool. Not for the benefit of our pocketbooks but for the enrichment of our souls. If we can survive on its revenues then so much the better. But the sites that claim they’re “selling love” only do so to the extent that you’ll believe it’ll happen and only for a time during which you’re willing to pay for that hope. I’m about ready to give up trying to find someone online. Maybe even offline too.