I have a friend who is recently separated from his wife of 11 years. He has known her for half of his life, so the separation was equal parts necessity and shocking, the latter if for no other reason than the longevity of the relationship in one form or another.
He took to online dating in his mid 40s in the hopes of avoiding a potential fix up or trying to determine just how feasible the so called "bar scene" can be when you're not 20 something and perfectly find staying out until all hours of the night.
Thus far, after just a few weeks, he's really started to enjoy just how the online dating and meeting process works. He's getting emails from potential women, and he's even talked to a few on the phone and had one in person encounter.
His excitement, however, often is tempered with skepticism that appears sporadically when a profile or online description seems too good to be true. He'll look at someone's photo and often assume it has been airbrushed or doctored, and their likes and dislikes, job and interests, seem like something you'd fabricate to put that proverbial best foot forward.
Online dating, for all its pluses, has one big minus that hangs over its head: validity. Users tend to do one of two things, ironically at the opposite end of the online dating spectrum. They'll believe everything they see or read or they'll question 100%. In both cases, that's not exactly how you want to start a relationship or even a foray into one.
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