OK Cupid

I’ve been recently browsing the archive of Phil’s blog and he wrote about the perpetual conundrum that is the inability for men to know what women want. Apparently, he’s signed-up to the OK Cupid online dating web site (although presumably no longer now you’re dating, eh Phil?).

Curiosity got the better of me and I clicked-through to the site in question. Apparently, all you need to do is answer a few simple questions, and hey presto, instant affection from all of those thousands of gorgeous single women out there who are currently trawling the Internet, just looking for someone like you.

What did strike me as odd was the first question it asks: “What is your relationship status?”



I can understand where they’re coming from allowing someone to state up-front that they either looking for dating or friendship. Fair enough. But what’s the difference between saying “I’m seeing someone and looking for friendship” and saying “I’m married and looking for friendship”? Is that not just different levels of how illicit the affair would become?

Maybe it’s just that I’m old-fashioned: the concept that someone married should be visiting dating web sites is wrong to me.