Essay over online dating

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I joined OK Cupid at the age of 30, in late November 2011, with the pseudonym ‘viewfromspace’.When the time came to write the ‘About’ section of my profile, I quoted Didion’s passage, then added: ‘But now we have internet dating. ’ The Didion bit sounded unpleasant, so I replaced it with a more optimistic statement, about internet dating restoring the city’s possibilities to a life that had become stagnant between work, subway and apartment.

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At the same time big cities have a way of shrinking.Because in its early days the internet was prevalent in worlds that had historically excluded women – the military, finance, mathematics and engineering – women were not online in big numbers.As late as 1996 America Online estimated that of its five million users, 79 per cent were men.A more mobile workforce meant that single people often lived in cities they didn’t know and the chummy days when a father might set his daughter up with a junior colleague were over.Since Kremen started his company little has changed in the industry.

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