They say Internet dating is the most popular form of meeting people nowadays and it sure does beat hanging around in bars, though I never had the nerve to do any of that anyway.
But it's weird. Sort of like catalog shopping. You flip though and look at all the pictures and when something catches your eye you stop and read the description. If it sounds enticing enough you may send off for it.
There are a few differences, of course. One, the product may not want you. Often that happens. Imagine ordering a blue sweater with lace on the collar. Then you get a message. The blue sweater isn't interested in you! What did I ever do to that sweater? you think. I might be just the body that sweater needs to show off to best advantage. But no, the sweater doesn't want you.
That hurts. Sweater rejection. Damn. So you cry a little bit and then you pick up the catalog and flip through it some more. Ah, here's a green sweater that is actually nicer than the blue one! You never really liked the blue one anyway and you can't wait to meet the green one.
You meet. You try it on. You think it's a nice fit, really comfy and it looks great on you. You really hit it off - laughed all evening. Then you get the message. The green sweater thinks you're nice but not really the shoulders it was hoping to caress.
You don't get warm but you still have to pay the price.