Aug 232010
 
Authors: Molly Ungerer

I have a theory that mankind would completely collapse within a matter of weeks if technology were to dissipate into non-existence.

We have become so dependent on technology to do so much for us. These technological services have also made it quick and easy for some to carry out the task of job-hunting, house-hunting and even spouse hunting without ever having to come into physical contact with the matter.
Does this make anyone else feel uneasy?

I’ll admit that the job-hunting online is excusable. When it comes to house hunting, I’d like to physically wander through the house and get a feel for it. As for spouse hunting, what happened here?

What have we come to when we’re madly searching the cyber world for someone we want to date? Generally, you work with people, you ride the bus with people, you do your grocery shopping around people and you even have the pleasure of sharing awkward moments in public restrooms with people.

My point is, people are everywhere. Must we describe our every feature to strangers online in hopes of finding compatibility? Doesn’t a site like this take out any kind of click, chemistry or spark you would initially have with someone you find? The site would strip you of the excitement of clicking.

To get a better feel for the whole idea of online dating I made up a mock account using Match.com. The site asks all of the out-of-the-book kind of questions anyone would ask on a first date. Where did you grow up? What do you do for a living? Where did you go to school? What kind of movies do you like? Do you like animals? What do you do in your free time? What kind of books do you read? How much money do you make?

OK, you probably wouldn’t ask about income on a first date, but the idea is they’ll know all your background information before they even decide to actually convince themselves meet up with you at some nearby coffee shop.

Oh hey, according to your profile, we like all the same stuff. Maybe we should meet in reality.

I’ve heard various students at CSU bring up this statistic that one in five relationships start on online dating sites, and they all seem a little rattled by the idea. I’ve never heard that stat followed with, “I hope to be part of the count for this one in five record.”

The Match.com commercials may sway other generations into using their site, but as far as I can tell, the younger college-range students tend to favor the idea of organically finding someone they wish to court and possibly, eventually marry.

Can you blame them? I just can’t imagine how that conversation would go when you get home and are chatting it up with an old neighbor who just heard you were dating or engaged. As they tightly clasp their hands and widen their eyes then exclaim, “Oh! Cute! Now, how did you two meet?”

That’s when you anxiously scratch your head and say something like, “Well, I couldn’t find anyone I really cared for at my school of 28,000 people, sooooo … online. We met online.”

This concept takes any kind of spontaneity out of this relationship. Nothing is left to the imagination of how this relationship came about. Oh, so you didn’t bump into this person at the gym or meet them in your weekly unicycling club?

I’m not saying these profiles are completely outrageous, just that it’s not for some people … or at least they’d prefer to think they could find someone in the real world. I’m one of these people, but you can all laugh the day you hear that bitter shrew from the Collegian has a legit profile on Match.com.

Good luck to you all.

Molly Ungerer is a sophomore journalism major. Her column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com

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