iDate: A Personal Account of My Venture into Online Dating… Part 1 – Taking the Plunge

Original cover art by the talented Jenn Guo

Let’s see… I’ve been single for exactly… ah, we’d better not get into that. Let’s just say it’s been a while. Okay, a long while.

Why? I probably shouldn’t touch this one with a ten foot stick, but… I’m feeling reckless. Sure, I don’t have Brad Pitt’s chiseled jaw line, or Brad Pitt’s picturesque pecs, or Brad Pitt’s fame and fortune. But all that means is that I’m not Brad Pitt… how many people are anyway? (One. And the last time I checked, he was getting it on with none other than Angelina Jolie… but back to me.) I think I’m pretty datable. I have a face. The mirror doesn’t crack when I look at myself in the morning. I have hobbies (other than blogging). All in all, a fine catch, if I do say so myself.

I think the main problem is my line of work. Big surprise, graduate school in Electrical Engineering isn’t the cornucopia of women I imagined it to be. (And dear reader, if you are a female in grad school in electrical engineering, you’re either taken, or you should send me a note. You know where to find me). Outside of school, I do go to bars and clubs. And then there are house parties and friends of friends. But so far, I’m still a veteran MVP of Team Single.

So, anyway, since I’ve always been curious about online dating, I figured I’d give it a try. Sure, it still had a bit of “oh, are you that desperate?” taboo… but come on, what do I have to lose?

After some research, and checking Alexa for traffic rankings, I decided on Lavalife and Plenty of Fish, two dating sites with the highest traffic in Canada. Plenty of Fish is the largest free online dating site, started by a Canadian guy none the less. As for Lavalife, I’m sure you’ve all seen the ubiquitous ads. Well, I was going to find out if I could actually hook up with one of them snazzy looking cartoon people. Anyway, putting up a profile is free for both sites, so after some careful wordsmithery, I bravely put up my first online dating profile.

Below is my profile on Lavalife. Click to englarge. This is part 1 of a 6 part series about my personal experience with online dating. Stay tuned for more! For other parts of the series, click here. Go to Part 2 >>


7 Replies to “iDate: A Personal Account of My Venture into Online Dating… Part 1 – Taking the Plunge”

  1. Are you sure the cover art isn’t an ad for Apple?! Look at the hearts around that macbook! 😉

    Interesting article JP! I can’t wait to read about your adventures. They might inspire me to post my own personal’s ad. When can we expect the rest!?

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